The Houston Astros routed the Chicago White Sox on Thursday afternoon. After gaining some momentum for the season, they allowed the Astros to destroy them at home in the series finale. They will settle for a four-game split.
The White Sox won the first two games of the series and both were incredibly tight. They lost the third game but it was also a very tight game and they had a chance to win. Overall, the series is one to be somewhat proud of but the last game certainly leaves a bad taste in your mouth.
Lucas Giolito made the start for the Sox in this one. His miserable year (all things considered) continued as he was rocked by Houston early. Vince Velasquez came in to relieve him and it was 10-0 before you knew it. Games like this happen but this one got really bad.
Yoan Moncada hit a home run in the game and it was of the three-run variety. Unfortunately, it only pulled the White Sox within seven and it didn’t even help them lose by ten or less. It was just one of those games.
The Chicago White Sox played a very bad game against the Houston Astros.
The White Sox need to forget it ever happened and just go out remembering it as a series split. With a team as good as Houston (they are the best in the American League), you can be happy with that if you are the Sox. Getting the first two wins was certainly nice.
Onward and upward they go. They have a huge series this weekend with the Cleveland Guardians that will begin on Friday night. Of course, these teams (along with the Minnesota Twins) are battling it out hard for the top spot in the American League Central.
The Wild Card race is very much in play as well. If the White Sox are going to win this series, they might need their offense to start scoring a lot again and their pitching needs to be much better than it was on Thursday.
If that pitching goes as it did Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, they will have a chance. If they want a legit shot at the postseason, they need to move past his one and be ready for the Guardians who will certainly be a challenge.