The Chicago White Sox looked to complete a three-game sweep at home vs the Seattle Mariners. The good guys showed a combination of good pitching from their starting staff and bullpen and some thunderous home runs and timely hitting. Coupled together, that was a recipe for either two or three wins.
However, the Sox only mustered four hits off of second-year righty Logan Gilbert, with their only run coming in the bottom of the fifth. A gusty 40-degree day was tough on both hitters and pitchers. The White Sox were without Josh Harrison, and Eloy Jimenez. Harrison and Jimenez were removed in the prior game due to minor injuries. They likely sat out Thursday’s contest out of caution.
The South Siders started Jimmy Lambert. The righty was recently recalled from Triple-A Charlotte along with Anderson Severino when Lucas Giolito and AJ Pollock went on the IL. The addition of the two pitchers to the roster should ease the burden on a heavily taxed bullpen. Lambert pitched three innings in what is typically considered a “bullpen day”. His only mistake, a two-run homer to Jerred Kelenic when he left a fastball up in the zone.
Tanner Banks and Matt foster filled in nicely, pitching 3.1 innings with one hit, two walks, and two K’s. Banks in four innings of work this year has yet to allow a run. Things did not fare well for Bennett Sousa however, who fell victim to a solo home run by Cal Raleigh. Sousa walked Jesse Winker to start the eight inning and was reliever by Jose Ruiz. Ruiz then surrendered a two-run homer to Mitch Haniger, putting the Mariners up 5-1. Anderson Severino recorded the final four outs for the White Sox. He walked one batter but struck out three.
The White Sox only scratched one run across the plate. It came in the fifth inning when the Mariners infield was unable to come up with a high pop up from Adam Engel that danced in the wind. Engel made it to second base on the play. He was in motion with two outs when the wind AGAIN played the same trick on the Mariners infield, this time off the bat of Jake Burger. Engel came around and scored the White Sox only unearned run.
It was tough sledding for the southsiders who could have used the bats of Pollock, Jimenez, Yasmani Grandal, and Yoan Moncada. They struck out nine times and only walked once. They were hitless vs the Mariners bullpen over the final four innings.
We Move On
Nevertheless, the White Sox couldn’t complete the sweep, but took the series. It was important to start the home schedule on the right foot and #SetTheTone for the 2022 campaign. The White Sox will travel to Seattle to see the Mariners again for a three-game set in early September, which is a series that expects to have playoff implications for both teams.
What’s On Tap?
The White Sox send Dylan Cease to the bump tomorrow to face last year’s AL East Champions, the 100-win Tampa Bay Rays. This is a big series for two teams with World Series aspirations. The Sox and Rays split six games in 2021. The White Sox taking two of three at home, while Tampa Bay did the same in their own park. Fans in attendance should see a competitive series between two teams loaded with young talent. Also, this is appointment television for people, like me, who can’t get to the park.
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