After a week full of controversy and a sweep in New York, the White Sox needed a return home to change their fortunes. That scenario came to fruition when the St. Louis Cardinals visited the South Side, as the White Sox took two of three during the interleague series.
Monday: White Sox 5, Cardinals 1
Monday night featured Lance Lynn taking the mound against his former team. Lynn had a no-hitter going through five innings before a controversial run-scoring single that arguably could have been ruled an error got by Tim Anderson. With the Cardinals up 1-0 late, the White Sox needed a spark. They got it in the form of Andrew Vaughn.
The White Sox scored the final five runs of the game to prevail and end their season-long losing streak at three.
Tuesday: White Sox 8, Cardinals 3
After a much-needed win on Monday, the White Sox headed into the battle of Harvard-Westlake grads in good spirits. Cardinals’ starter Jack Flaherty had to be frustrated with his defense all night as they committed three errors in his first two innings of work.
The White Sox led 5-0 before the Cardinals put up two runs to tighten things up. With the pressure of a potential St. Louis comeback, the White Sox looked to their MVP to push their lead.
Protecting an 8-3 lead, Garrett Crochet loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth inning. With pressure building again, closer Liam Hendriks came in to shut the door by striking out the side and leaving the bases loaded. With another big win under their belt, the White Sox were looking for the sweep going into the finale.
Wednesday: White Sox 0, Cardinals 4
Carlos Rodon was brilliant yet again on Wednesday, as he surrendered only one hit. Unfortunately, that hit was a home run by Tommy Edman. But that lone blemish doesn’t tell the full story of Rodon’s Wednesday outing. The southpaw struck out ten batters and surrendered zero walks. Simply put, his stuff was on point.
The White Sox offensive struggles did overshadow Rodon’s success, however. They went 0-9 with runners in scoring position and failed to scratch even one run across the plate. Ultimately, the offense couldn’t get the job done and the White Sox fell short of a series sweep.
Regardless of the most recent outcome, a series win is a series win. Taking two of three against a first-place team following a putrid performance in New York should be a building block for the White Sox heading into the weekend. The team’s offense came alive the first two games, and even if it was stale Wednesday, it should continue to heat up as the weather does.
What’s On Tap Next?
The White Sox kick off a four-game series against the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday night. As long as the South Siders don’t play down to their opponent, they should enjoy multiple victories this weekend. Taking three of four games is a realistic possibility, although a sweep would be even better.