Lance Lynn put together his best start of 2022. He tore through the Seattle lineup striking out a season-high 11, and the Chicago White Sox snapped the Mariners' seven-game win streak.
Lynn retired the last 17 hitters he faced in a dominant performance. The Mariners seemed exhausted following a long day in Cleveland and an early morning arrival back in Seattle. We would be remiss not to mention both pitchers benefited from the unusual start time.
“The shadows were ugly early, so that helped the pitchers for sure,” Lynn said. “I knew that they were going to have trouble seeing the ball so I just went and attacked, and it worked out well.”
The only run Lynn allowed crossed the plate in the second inning. On what should have been a routine flyout, Andrew Vaughn appeared to lose track of the ball in the sun. The run was unearned because of a passed ball prior to the misplayed fly ball. Lynn has allowed just three earned runs in his last four starts.
The White Sox have won five of their six games. The win kept them on the heels of the Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Guardians, who they trail by one and two games, respectively.
The Pale Hose got all the runs they needed via the home run. AJ Pollock hit a two-out solo homer in the second to open the scoring. In the third, Elvis Andrus added a two-out, two-run homer to put the Sox ahead 3-1.
“The first week when I was here it was tense — a lot of guys trying to make things happen,” said Andrus, who signed with the White Sox on Aug. 19. “Lately we’ve been able to just let our talent go out there and compete.”
Things did get a little tense in the ninth when Liam Hendriks allowed a pair of singles and a walk. J.P. Crawford’s two-out single scored Mitch Haniger, but Hendriks struck out pinch-hitter Adam Frazier to seal the win.
Prior to the game, Yoan Moncada returned from the 10-day injured list and Aaron Bummer returned from the 60-day IL. Moncada, out with a strained hamstring, is expected to be in the lineup Tuesday.
Bummer has been out since June with a left lat strain. He appeared in three rehab games with the Charlotte Knights.
The White Sox optioned Adam Haseley and Mark Payton to Charlotte. They outrighted Tobias Myers to Charlotte to clear the roster spots.
Chicago has not announced a starting pitcher for Wednesday’s game, but acting manager Miguel Cairo said it’s possible Michael Kopech could take the mound. Kopech has been out since Aug. 23 with a left knee strain.
What’s On Tap Next?
The Chicago White Sox will try to take the series Tuesday with Johnny Cueto on the mound against Logan Gilbert of the Seattle Mariners. The game will air on NBC Sports Chicago and Sox On Tap After Dark will have the postgame show.
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