The Chicago White Sox failed to sweep the three-game series versus Tampa Bay on Sunday afternoon. After promising 3-2 victories on Friday and Saturday, an offensive explosion for the Rays ruined the three-game sweep. The Rays’ opener and the rest of their pitching staff were effective, limiting the White Sox to just three hits. The final score was 9-3.
The South Siders were handed a couple of opportunities that they failed to capitalize on.
A Serviceable Start
Sox starter Vince Velasquez struggled out the gate. In the first inning, he surrendered three walks, three hits, and four runs, with three of those runs earned because of his own throwing error. However, he settled in for the rest of his day. He allowed two hits until being relieved by Tanner Banks in the fifth. His final line on the day was 4.2 innings, five K’s, five hits, three walks, and the four runs (three earned). This was an expected outing for a fifth starter/swing man. Velasquez did what was expected of him, keeping the Sox in the game.
Sox Refuse to Win
The Sox offense could not capitalize at all. In the fourth, the Rays issued two walks and surrendered a base hit to Jose Abreu. Abreu scored when pitcher Chris Mazza plunked Gavin Sheets. However, with one out, the Sox failed to score after Josh Harrison struck out and Jake Burger grounded out.
The Pale Hose had another chance in the fifth vs Mazza. They once again only scored one run on one hit despite a stolen base, wild pitch, two walks, and a passed ball. The White Sox’ third and final hit came off the bat of Gavin Sheets, a solo home run to make it 9-3.
The Wheels Fall Off
After solid pitching from Tanner Banks and Matt Foster, things really came unglued. Foster left with one out after a walk to Manuel Margot. Anderson Severino relieved him and the Rays feasted. After a wild pitch, an error, a passed ball, and three hits, the Rays added another four-spot on the board. It was an awful outing by the rookie and recent call-up Severino.
What’s On Tap Next?
The White Sox won two of three versus the Rays, but failed to sweep. However, they still sit 6-3 and the atop the AL Central. A seven-game, two-city road trip starts on Monday with a four-game set vs Cleveland. It will be Dallas Keuchel vs Tristan Mckenzie at 5:00 p.m. CDT. The White Sox look to increase their division lead and you can catch it all on NBC Sports Chicago. Sox On Tap will have a recap as always following the game.
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