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2 Home Runs and Dylan Cease’s Gem Get White Sox Back in Win Column

The White Sox finally looked like a competitive team and snapped their 8-game losing streak behind a strong performance from Dylan Cease.

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The Chicago White Sox finally showed up to play baseball on Wednesday afternoon. They improved to 7-10 with a 7-3 win over the Kansas City Royals behind a solid performance from starter Dylan Cease. Home runs by Jake Burger and Andrew Vaughn provided the offensive flair to propel the South Siders to their first victory in a week and a half.

The Bats Wake Up

The White Sox offense last year and so far this year has been at its best when scoring early. When the Sox score in the first three innings, they own a 6-2 record on the year. One of the losses came against the Tigers on Opening Day and the other resulted from Byron Buxton’s walk-off homer on Sunday. Each game was blown by closer Liam Hendiks.

In Wednesday’s contest, the White Sox got on the board in the second inning when a sacrifice fly by Reese McGuire plated Yasmani Grandal. Tim Anderson singled to lead off the third inning and came around and scored on a double by Andrew Vaughn. It was Burger time again in the fourth frame when he launched a bomb to right-center field that put the Sox up 3-0.

Ball go far team go far

Cease Makes His Presence Known

In his fourth start of the young 2022 season, Dylan Cease had another strong outing. He fanned nine Royals in six innings while allowing two runs on three hits.

Cease was perfect to start the game. He retired the first nine batters in order before walking Carlos Santana with one out in the fifth. Kansas City scored their first runs in the sixth inning when Cease got into his only real trouble of the game. Edward Olivares reached on a dribbler down the third-base line to lead off the frame and back-to-back singles plated runs. Jose Ruiz relieved the Sox starter in the seventh inning.

Cease threw all of his pitches at will and in any count. He had elite command of his pitches and painted the outside corners throughout his start. His knuckle curve was particularly devastating as he established it for a strike on the first pitch of many at-bats. He then overpowered Royals hitters with an exploding fastball and induced awkward swings for punch-outs with his slider.

Dank

Pale Hose Rally

A sac fly in the seventh by Whit Merrifield tied the game at three apiece. But the Chicago White Sox bats again came to life after going down quietly in the fifth and sixth.

The winning rally started in the bottom half of the seventh. Danny Mendick and Tim Anderson had back-to-back two-out singles putting runners on the corners. Andrew Vaughn then stepped up to the plate and delivered by blasting the first pitch he saw from Scott Barlow into the Sox bullpen in left field.

The Pale Hose added a run in the eighth when Leury Garcia scored on a double play groundout to make it a 7-3 game.

No Heart Attacks This Time

After completing a flawless eighth inning on nine pitches, Kendall Graveman came back out for the final frame. Liam Hendriks, who had pitched two innings himself in Sunday’s loss, was still dealing with back soreness. Graveman earned the six-out save, fanning four and retiring all six batters he faced.

Grave Digger

Notes

Bennett Sousa earned his first major league win.

Yoan Moncada and Joe Kelly will begin rehab assignments this weekend with Triple-A Charlotte.

Yasmani Grandal was the designated hitter after leaving in the 7th with leg soreness.

The White Sox snapped an eight-game losing streak.

Jake Burger recorded his first career three-hit game.

What’s On Tap Next?

We can — after what seems like 84 years — move on to the next game after a win.

The rubber match of this three-game series will feature Tim Anderson-favorite Brad Keller on the mound for the Kansas City Royals. Michael Kopech will toe the rubber for the Chicago White Sox. First pitch is at 1:10 PM CT and the game will air on NBC Sports Chicago.

Tune in to the Sox On Tap podcast for postgame reaction and further White Sox commentary all season.

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