The Chicago White Sox and Tampa Bay Rays took the field in game two of the three-game series on Saturday. This time, the White Sox came out on top 3-2. The White Sox looked lifeless for the vast majority of the game but came through when it mattered most.
Dylan Cease squared off against Drew Rasmussen. The White Sox righty struggled with his command in this outing. He finished the game with 5.0 innings pitched and he walked seven.
However, he was able to escape jams throughout the game. In the fourth, Reese McGuire was able to throw out Vidal Brujan stealing second to end the inning.
He had trouble in the fifth, his final inning. He recorded the first two outs, but a ball that José Abreu could not field led to two unearned runs.
White Sox bats, as we have seen many times now, were lifeless. Tampa Bay starter, Drew Rasmussen, worked 7.0 innings while allowing three hits, no runs, one walk, and struck out two on 81 pitches. Kevin Cash decided to relieve Rasmussen in the eighth for Brooks Raley, despite the low pitch total.
Adam Engel led off the eighth with a double to left field that fell in between the shortstop and left fielder. He was plated on a single to right field from the hot-hitting Danny Mendick.
Tony La Russa decided to pinch-hit Jake Burger for McGuire, and Jake delivered. Burger took the 1-0 offer, a change-up, 427 feet to center to give the White Sox the 3-2 lead. That proved to be all the scoring the Pale Hose needed.
The Pen Locks It Down
Kendall Graveman and Liam Hendriks, neither of which have pitched in six days, recorded the last six outs. Graveman loaded the bases in the eighth but managed to induce a groundout from Isaac Paredes.
Hendriks had a three up, three down ninth with two strikeouts on nine pitches to secure the victory.
Jose Abreu’s 12-game hitting streak came to an end.
Dylan Cease set a career-high with seven walks.
Vince Velasquez hopes to throw off a mound in a few days. He was scratched from his Friday start with a groin issue.
Tony La Russa stated that Lance Lynn will make at least one more start with Triple-A Charlotte on his rehab assignment.
What’s On Tap Next?
The rubber match for the three-game set will take place at 12:00 p.m. CDT on Sunday. The Rays have not announced their starter as of yet.
The White Sox will turn to their ace, Lucas Giolito, to try and take this series. You can catch the game on NBC Sports Net Chicago. Sox On Tap will have the postgame show.