The Los Angeles Dodgers took the rubber match of a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox on the South Side Thursday afternoon. It was a strange, eventful loss that White Sox fans and baseball observers across the country will remember for quite some time. The Sox took an early 4-0 lead but some questionable decisions from the dugout saw them lose by a final score of 11-9.
Dodgers' starter Tyler Anderson had the opportunity to become MLB's first eight-game winner but allowed four runs, four hits, and three walks in three-plus innings. The White Sox snapped Anderson's string of scoreless innings at 28.
The Sox opened the scoring on Danny Mendick's RBI groundout after Josh Harrison's leadoff triple in the third inning. Chicago added three more in the fourth when AJ Pollock doubled home Jose Abreu with two on and nobody out. Brusdar Graterol relieved Anderson with the bases loaded. Adam Engel was hit by a pitch after Yasmani Grandal walked to load the bases and Josh Harrison hit a sacrifice fly to plate Pollock.
Trailing 4-0, Los Angeles responded immediately with a six-run fifth inning. Jake Burger had a costly fielding error but Dylan Cease managed to strike out Mookie Betts, leaving the bases loaded with two outs. However, Freddie Freeman then doubled to open the floodgates and six runs eventually crossed the plate. Cease tossed 110 pitches on the day while giving up six hits and three walks in 4.2 innings. All six runs he allowed were unearned.
Jake Burger made up for his defensive miscues with a fifth-inning solo homer to make the score 6-5.
With Bennett Sousa on the mound in the sixth inning, Gavin Lux moved to second on a groundout for the second out. Freeman plated him on a base hit. But then things went south. Sousa bounced an 0-2 slider for a wild pitch that allowed Freeman to take second. Wanting to set up a left-on-left matchup, Sox manager Tony La Russa called for an intentional walk to the right-handed-hitting Trea Turner. Max Muncy responded with a two-run homer that gave the Dodgers a 10-5 lead.
Sox Rally Falls Short
The White Sox attempted to come back by scoring two runs each in the eighth and the ninth. In the eighth, a throwing error on a Yasmani Grandal infield single led to two runs. Daniel Hudson needed 35 pitches to get through the ninth after a wild pitch and infield single led to two more Sox runs. However, with two on and one out, Grandal popped out, and a pinch-hitting Gavin Sheets struck out to end the game.
Eloy Jimenez will sit for up to five days after experiencing discomfort during his minor league rehab assignment.
Tony La Russa said Lance Lynn would be assessed over the next couple of days.
Jake Burger is tied for the White Sox team lead in home runs.
What's On Tap
The Chicago White Sox open a three-game series at home Friday night against the Texas Rangers. Davis Martin will take the mound for the Sox opposing Glenn Otto of the Rangers. First pitch is at 7:10 PM CT and the game will air on NBC Sports Chicago.