The Chicago White Sox won the first game against the Seattle Mariners on Monday night. It was a tight baseball game that the White Sox were able to hang on and win. They needed that win badly so they can give themselves a chance to win the series and keep pace in the AL Central.
Unfortunately, things didn’t go as smoothly for them in the second game. They were defeated on Tuesday night by a final score of 3-0 and the series is now split.
Johnny Cueto got the start for the White Sox and he was brilliant. He gave up one run in his 6.0 innings pitched and that was just enough for Seattle as the White Sox didn’t score a single run. Cueto deserved better but he was slightly outdueled.
Logan Gilbert came out and dominated in his start for the Seattle Mariners. He didn’t give up a single run on five hits with no walks and nine strikeouts. It was an insanely good performance for him as he tries to lead this pitching rotation into the playoffs.
Three relievers came in and went one inning apiece to help Seattle to the win. It was just what they needed to shut down what was a mostly hot White Sox offense coming into the series.
The White Sox were unable to get the offense going when they needed it most.
Gilbert and Cueto both left with a 1-0 lead for Seattle. Reynaldo Lopez (who got the call for the White Sox in the bottom of the 8th inning) gave up the first home run he has allowed in the 2022 season.
It was a big set of insurance runs (a two-run shot from Cal Raleigh) for the Mariners and made it 3-0. Nothing was done for the White Sox in the ninth and Seattle squeaked out a huge win.
This is an organization that hasn’t made the playoffs in over 20 years and they have the best record in the American League since June 1st. They are hungry and there is light at the end of the tunnel for them.
The White Sox are going to do everything that they can to hold them off for one more game. With the season series coming to an end, the White Sox will use Michael Kopech and he will face the newly acquired Luis Castillo.
If all goes well, it should be a third straight pitcher’s duel. Hopefully, the White Sox are able to out on top of this one as they inch closer to the Cleveland Guardians atop the division.