The White Sox and Red Sox opened up a three-game series in Boston on Friday. Both teams are off to a subpar start. The White Sox are 10-13 and the Red Sox are 10-16. The White Sox are working on clawing their way back to .500 and have been playing better of late.
They sent Vince Velasquez to the hill to square off against Nathan Eovaldi. Eovaldi is off to a good start and Valasquez is coming off of his best start of the year against the Angels. Nevertheless, it always seems to have the feel of a playoff atmosphere at Fenway Park.
Vinny V Might Be Here To Stay, For The Win!
Valasquez did his job over his five innings of work. He issued two walks, allowing three hits and one run on the day. A lot of his pitches were left in the strike zone and Red Sox hitters sometimes got themselves out.
However, it was enough to give the White Sox a good chance to win. If they can rely on performances like this, Velasquez will have done what’s expected of him.
La Pantera Takes Down the Monster
Southsiders cashed in on their first run when José Abreu hit a sacrifice fly that scored Tim Anderson. The run driven by Abreu opened up the scoring and gave the White Sox an early lead.
The White Sox were not done. In the third inning, Luis Robert — hitting in the clean-up spot — stepped up to the plate and delivered.
He hit an absolute rocket that cleared the green monster and the seats putting the White Sox up 3-0. It was the fourth homer of the year from Robert. He appears to be ok after crashing hard into the wall in Center at Wrigley Field on Wednesday.
The White Sox offense as a whole did a good job on the night. They drew five walks which was a breath of fresh air. Oftentimes this year they’ve been overaggressive at the plate and getting themselves out early in at-bats.
Their approach drove up the pitch count on Eovaldi who exited after five innings with 101 pitches. The White Sox added an insurance run in the eighth inning to go up 4-1. Adam Engel subbed in for Gavin sheets and reached on a single.
He stole second base immediately on a phenomenal jump. Angle then took third base when he tagged up on a Jake Burger flyout. Reese McGuire plated him on a sac fly.
The White Sox Finish
The White Sox bullpen held up for the final four innings. There was a bit of a mishap in right field when Adam Engel misplayed a hit that rolled to the wall in right field. It was ruled a hit and the run came around to score on a groundout by Trevor Story.
The four-headed monster of Matt Foster, Aaron Bummer, Kendall Graveman, and Liam Hendriks kept the drama to a minimum. The foursome allowed one run on three hits and two walks.
Liam Hendriks recorded his eighth save and the White Sox are 2-0 when on Apple TV. The White Sox have won four in a row, three of which were on the road.
Leury Garcia had two hits, which is always worth mentioning, and Danny Mendick was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte.
Lastly, the Red Sox have lost 12 of their last 16 games.
What’s On Tap
The White Sox look to take the series on Saturday in Boston with ace Dylan cease on the mound. They Will have a favorable matchup against struggling Red Sox starter Nick Pivetta. You can catch the home broadcast on NBC Sportsnet Chicago and the Sox on Tap recap after the game.
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