The Chicago White Sox were back at Guaranteed Rate Field after a six-game road trip. The road trip saw them go 2-5 against Toronto and Tampa Bay. However, they won the last two in Tampa to take that series and build some momentum.
The momentum carried over into the first of three games versus the Dodgers on the South side. Michael Kopech took the mound for the White Sox and set the tone early. To put it simply, Kopech was dominant. He retired 11 of the first 12 hitters he faced, six of them on strikeouts. He finished 6.0 innings allowing one hit, one walk, no runs, and fanned eight.
He was relieved by Reynaldo Lopez who combined with Aaron Bummer, Kendall Graveman, and Liam Hendriks to finish the game. The quartet had some traffic on the bases, but managed to blank LA over the final three frames. They allowed no runs on four hits and two walks.
Dodgers starter Mitch White retired the first 12 batters he faced. He allowed a lead-off single to Jose Abreu in the fifth, but fanned Reese McGuire and Josh Harrison to leave the bases loaded.
The White Sox got on the board with all the runs they needed in the sixth inning. A.J. Pollock was traded to the White Sox by the Dodgers in exchange for Craig Kimbrel before the season. He entered the game as a pinch-hitter for Gavin Sheets with two outs when lefty David Price entered the game in relief. Pollock doubled down the right field line to break the scoreless tie.
Jake Burger delivered again, this time with an RBI double. The Dodgers elected to walk Yoan Moncada intentionally, but the strategy backfired when Reese McGuire plated Burger. After the dust settled, the White Sox were up 4-0 and that proved to be the final score in the victory.
Kopech lowered his ERA to 1.94.
Justin Turner recored his 1,000th career hit.
Rick Hahn said Tim Anderson, Vince Velasquez, and Joe Kelly could start rehab assignments next week.
Lance Lynn is expected to make his third and possibly final start of his rehab assignment on Wednesday.
What’s On Tap Next?
In the second game of the series, the White Sox will face LA starter Tony Gonsolin, who owns an ERA under two. It is Dia de Cueto on the South side as the Sox go for their fourth win in a row. You can watch the game at 7:10 p.m. CDT tomorrow on NBC Sports Chicago. Sox On Tap will have the postgame show.