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White Sox Hang On 6-5 to Take the Series in Tampa

The White Sox offense exploded for six runs in the first two innings and managed to hold on for the 6-5 win on Sunday afternoon.

Danny Mendick White Sox Rays
Photo: Ivy Ceballo/Tampa Bay Times

The Chicago White Sox offense finally showed signs of life with early scoring in the first and second innings on Sunday. The six runs in the first two frames were all that was needed to take game three and the series. Starter Lucas Giolito made the most of his start despite struggling with his command. However, a defensive miscue in the sixth inning opened the door for the Tampa Bay Rays.

Offense Leads The Way

The White Sox offense showed signs of life after scoring only three runs in four consecutive games. They opened the scoring in the first inning with four runs and followed it up with two runs in the second. Danny Mendick led off the inning with a base hit to continue his hot hitting. Andrew Vaughn’s ground rule double and Jose Abreu’s walk loaded the bases. Jake Burger delivered again with a second ground rule double of the inning to plate two runs.

Yasmani Grandal added two more runs on a check swing flare that found the outfield grass to score Abreu and Vaughn.

Don’t Stop Now Boys

Josh Harrison led off the inning with a double and reached third on Manuel Margot’s throwing error. Vaughn came through again with another double that just missed leaving the yard.

Harrison came around to score on the double and Luis Robert plated Vaughn on a base knock. Rays’ starter Ryan Yarbrough got roughed up for six earned runs, on eight hits, and two walks in 1.2 innings.

Mental Lapse Leads to Rays Rally

The game remained scoreless until the fifth inning when Isaac Perettes hit a lead-off solo homer to left off Giolito. Tony La Russa elected to let Giolito pitch the sixth despite not having his best stuff. A single by Yandy Diaz was followed by a drop ball at first base by Yasmani Grandal. Ji-Man Choi was safe on the play and a sacrifice fly by Harold Ramirez scored Diaz, who reached third on the error. Randy Arozarena tripled to deep right field to score Choi in the following at-bat. Mike Zunino homered to left field to make the score 6-5. Lucas finished his 6.0 innings of work allowing five runs on eight hits with two walks and two punchouts. Three of the runs were unearned due to Grandal’s mental lapse.

Big Money Bullpen

The White Sox large offseason investment in their bullpen locked it down. The combination of Aaron Bummer, Kendall Graveman, and Liam Hendriks recorded the final nine outs. They combined to pitch in three innings of scoreless baseball, allowing just two hits and no walks. Graveman struck out the side in the eighth in a dominant performance. Hendrix retired the rest in order in the ninth for the 6-5 victory.

Notes

The White Sox won the season series vs. Tampa 4-2.

The White Sox scored multiple runs in the first and second inning this season for the first time this season.

Lance Lynn is scheduled to make his final rehab start on Wednesday.

What’s On Tap Next?

Following the off day on Monday, the White Sox will open a three-game series at home with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Mitch White will toe the rubber for LA and the White Sox will send Michael Kopech to the mound. You can catch all the action on NBC Sports Net Chicago. Sox On Tap will have the postgame show.

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

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