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White Sox Shut Out Giants in Series Opener

The White Sox needed just one run to defeat the Giants on a cold night in San Francisco to take the series opener.

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The Chicago White Sox got a boost from an unlikely hero and Lance Lynn delivered his best start of the year. The game remained tied until late when the Giants threw the ball around in the ninth. The Sox took advantage of those miscues to plate the winning run.

Lynn is #Back

Lance Lynn made his fourth start since returning from the IL. The big righty labored a bit in the start but, in the end, he got the job done. He escaped a bases loaded situation in the first inning, striking out Tommy La Stella to end the inning.

Lynn threw 88 pitches and started the sixth inning to face the top of the Giants’ order. It was the third time through the lineup with some lefties at the plate. Lynn quickly fell behind Joc Pederson, San Francisco’s most dangerous hitter 3-0, but forced him to pop out to left. Lynn exited after the sixth, delivering his best start of the year. He finished 6.0 innings, allowing three hits, and issuing two walks.

Joe Kelly, Tanner Banks, and Kendall Graveman recorded the last nine outs. The trio surrendered no hits, fanned two, and issued three walks.

Gavin Sheets started the rally when he reached first on Camilo Duvall’s throwing error. He advanced to second base on AJ Pollock‘s two-out single. Pollock had two hits on the night. Adam Haseley pinch ran for Sheets and that set the stage for the game-winning RBI. Leury Garcia collected his second hit of the game, a single to right field, which scored Haseley from second.

Kendall Graveman earned the save.

Notes

Yoan Moncada, Luis Robert, and Tim Anderson combined to go 0-12 with five K’s

White Sox skipper Tony La Russa managed against Gabe Kapler for the first time. It is the major-league record 155th different opposing manager for La Russa.

Eloy Jimenez made his first start in RF for Triple-A Charlotte. He had three walks.

What’s On Tap Next?

Dylan Cease is coming off seven scoreless innings with a career-best 13 strikeouts in a win against Baltimore. The Giants send Logan Webb to the mound Saturday. You can watch it all on NBC Sports Chicago. Sox On Tap will have the postgame.

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

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