The Chicago White Sox went into Sunday’s game against the Detroit Tigers with hopes of getting the series sweep. It was a close game with a lot of twists and turns but the White Sox were able to not only win the game but get the sweep of the Tigers thanks to a 5-3 victory.
Pitching was spot on while the offense was able to do some things to help keep the Sox in the game. It’s a morale-building victory and a momentum-building sweep that will help keep them moving in the right direction as the Houston Astros come to town on Monday.
The first score of the game came when Detroit’s Akil Baddoo headed home on a wild pitch to make it 1-0 in the top of the third inning. Javier Baez would help tack on another run when he doubled, allowing Riley Greene to score. It was 2-0 at that point.
A.J. Pollock would later blast the ball to center field giving the Sox a home run and putting them one run closer to tying the Tigers. The score was 2-1 in the bottom of the third with no outs.
The Sox would tie the game in the bottom of the fifth after Eloy Jimenez hit a double which allowed Pollock to score.
Chicago would take the lead after Andrew Vaughn hit into what would be a double play to end the inning but the Detroit first baseman dropped the ball. Jimenez scored on the failed double play and it became 3-2 still in the bottom of the fifth.
The Sox would pick up another run thanks to a huge home run by Vaughn, the star of the series, to make it 4-2 in the bottom of the eighth. Chicago would go up 5-2 due to a big hit by Seby Zavala which allowed Josh Harrison to score still in the bottom of the eighth.
Kendall Graveman came in to close out the game and he started out ok but gave up a home run to Harold Castro which made it 5-3. With two more outs left to get, Graveman was able to get them and get the victory as well as a sweep of the three-game series.
The Chicago White Sox earned a big sweep over the Detroit Tigers this weekend.
Lance Lynn was on the mound for the White Sox Sunday and went six innings giving up five hits. He only allowed two runs on those five hits to follow up a tough start last week.
He didn’t walk a single batter and struck out seven. He had a decent day and appeared to be getting better as the season moves forward. He was relieved by Jimmy Lambert in the top of the seventh inning.
Newly called-up shortstop Lenyn Sosa had a tough game early on making two mistakes but was able to pull things together as the game went on. He’s still learning but the Sox can’t afford to have him learning at their expense. He might not be ready for MLB action full-time.
The White Sox are three games over .500 for the first time since April 17th. Things are looking up for the Sox but with red hot Houston coming to town, the biggest test happens this week. If they can do well against Houston, a trip to the playoffs may be in their future.