Dylan Cease was dominant on the mound once again Friday night. The Chicago White Sox bounced back from an ugly loss in the series opener with an ugly 2-1 win over the Texas Rangers. A couple of timely hits were enough for Cease and the Sox pen to lock down the victory.
The Mustached Assassin
Dylan Cease got off to a rocky start in the first inning. He issued two two-out walks and Adolis Garcia opened the scoring with an RBI single. In the second, the righty escaped another situation with a runner in scoring position. Cease allowed a single to Bubba Thompson and walked Marcus Semien. However, he got Corey Seager to fly out to end the inning and – including Seager – retired the last 13 hitters he faced. Cease tossed six innings and allowed two hits, walked three, surrendered one run, and fanned five.
The combined effort of Joe Kelly, Kendall Graveman, and Liam Hendriks recorded the final nine outs. Graveman allowed a hit and walked a batter after Josh Harrison’s error in the eighth inning. But the White Sox setup man induced a groundout from Leody Taveras with the bases load to escape the threat. Kelly and Hendriks retired the Rangers in order in the seventh and ninth, respectively. Each recorded a pair of punchouts.
Abysmal But Effective
The White Sox evened the score at one apiece in the third when Seby Zavala scored Yasmani Grandal from third base on a sacrifice fly. Grandal walked and then reached third on an infield single by Josh Harrison. It was a refreshing sight to see the White Sox offense execute with a runner on third and no outs, but they failed to add any additional runs until the fourth inning.
Eloy Jimenez continues to swing a hot bat. He lifted a 1-0 slider from Glen Otto 437 feet to left center to lead off the inning. It was the second run for the Pale Hose, which proved to be the deciding tally.
The White Sox got the leadoff man on in the fifth with Grandal’s double. But they failed to take advantage of the opportunity to add an insurance run and went down in order.
Dylan Cease became the first pitcher since earned runs became an official stat in 1913 to have 13 consecutive starts allowing 1 ER or fewer.
Liam Hendriks recorded his 100th career save.
Reynaldo Lopez is scheduled to pitch a simulated game Saturday.
What’s On Tap Next?
Michael Kopech will pitch for the Chicago White Sox against former South Sider Dane Dunning on Saturday. Kopech, who hails from the Texas town of Mount Pleasant, pitched a season-high seven innings in a 2-1 loss to Kansas City on Monday. Saturday’s game will begin at 6:05 PM CT and air on NBC Sports Chicago.
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