The Chicago White Sox fell 6-3 on Saturday afternoon in Minnesota. Lance Lynn surrendered three home runs as his 2022 struggles continue. Andrew Vaughn drove in two runs and the Sox bullpen was flawless, but it wasn’t enough to top the Twins.
Twins Go Deep
The Twins opened the scoring in the first inning on a solo homer from Luis Arraez. In the third inning, Carlos Correa went deep into the second deck in left at Target Field. The dagger was a three-run homer by Jorge Polanco in the third inning. Lynn settled down after the third and tossed five innings total. He allowed six runs on seven hits and no walks while striking out six. All six runs came via the three home runs.
The White Sox failed to leave the yard Saturday after bashing five home runs in the first two games of the series. They got on the board on an RBI groundout by Jose Abreu in the fourth. Moncada scored after reaching third on Andrew Vaughn’s double. Vaughn drove in two runs on a sharp single to right field in the sixth. Tim Anderson and Yoan Moncada, who previously reached base on an infield single and double, respectively, scored on the play.
Moncada lead the team with three hits and nine-hitter Adam Engel added two as well. However, the nine-hit attack wasn’t enough and the Sox failed to cash in on many of their opportunities.
Super Bullpen is Back
The White Sox bullpen continued its hot streak Saturday. The combination of Tanner Banks, Matt Foster, Jose Ruiz, and Jimmy Lambert surrendered no runs, walked 2, struck out 5, and gave up 3 hits. They have allowed just 1 earned run in their last 25.2 innings pitched.
Tony La Russa saved Dylan Cease and his high-leverage bullpen arms for Sunday’s finale. The Pale Hose will have their best on the mound to start the game and be available in relief. They are in a great position to take the series and enter the All-Star break with a .500 record.
Luis Robert was out of the lineup after leaving Friday’s game with lightheadedness. He likely will not play in Sunday’s series finale.
Eloy Jimenez missed his third straight game with hamstring tightness, but La Russa said he could potentially pinch hit.
What’s On Tap Next?
Dylan Cease will start the final for the Chicago White Sox in the last game before the All-Star break. Cease has allowed only three earned runs in his last nine starts and leads all starters with 13.09 strikeouts per nine innings. However, he was not named to the All-Star Game. The Minnesota Twins are expected to activate and start Chris Archer, who hasn’t pitched since July 2 due to hip tightness. The game will air on NBC Sports Chicago and Sox On Tap will have the postgame show.
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