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White Sox Homer 3 Times, Cease Tosses 6 Scoreless to Salvage Split

Dylan Cease threw six scoreless innings and the White Sox belted 3 homers in Sunday’s 6-3 win over the Guardians.

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The Chicago White Sox got another dominant performance from Dylan Cease and added three home runs in a 6-3 victory on Sunday. They improved to 48-48 on the year and split the four-game weekend series with the Cleveland Guardians.

Cease Does It Again

Dylan Cease continued his 2022 Cy Young campaign with another stellar outing. He held the Guardians scoreless through his six innings of work. It was his third straight scoreless start, which is impressive considering those wins have come against Cleveland (twice) and Minnesota. The righty allowed seven hits and struck out four to record his third consecutive straight win. Cease issued one free pass and threw two wild pitches.

Cleveland starter Shane Bieber got tagged for six runs and eight hits in his six innings. His final start before the All-Star break was a dominant performance against the Sox when he pitched a complete-game three-hitter.

What Happens When the Ball Goes Far?

Cease got plenty of run support and got it early. The White Sox scored five runs in the second on Leury Garcia’s two-run homer and AJ Pollock’s three-run, two-out drive.

Eloy Jimenez joined in on the fun in the sixth when he belted a solo home run to left center.

It was a shaky series for the White Sox bullpen, to say the least. In the finale, Kendall Graveman allowed a two-run homer to Franmil Reyes that just cleared the fence in right field. Liam Hendriks surrendered a solo homer to Steven Kwan in the ninth to make it a 6-3 game. But the Sox closer settled down to retire two of the next three hitters to end the game.

Notes

Josh Harrison was a late scratch Sunday due to a pulling feeling in his right leg during his final at-bat on Saturday. Leury Garcia started in his place.

Eloy Jimenez said the discomfort in his right hamstring is “gonna be there for a while.”

Tony La Russa sad that the team is being very careful with reliever Aaron Bummer. He has been playing catch but not throwing off the mound.

The White Sox are 34-24 when they homer in a game and 14-24 when they don’t.

What’ On Tap Next?

Michael Kopech will pitch Tuesday when the Chicago White Sox open a two-game series in Colorado. Kopech is looking to win his second straight start. The Rockies have not announced a starter. NBC Sports Chicago will air the game starting at 7:40 PM CT and 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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