The Baltimore Orioles were able to get on the board early Tuesday against Chicago White Sox' starter Dylan Cease. The White Sox failed to convert with runners in scoring position multiple times and fell 5-3. The Orioles continue to prove that they’re one of baseball’s up-and-coming teams.
The White Sox opened the scoring in the first inning on a two-run homer by Eloy Jimenez. AJ Pollock led off with a single and scored on the towering drive by Jimenez.
The Orioles wasted no time answering back in the bottom half of the inning when Ryan Mountcastle hit a three-run shot to put his team ahead 3-2. Cease settled down after the first and retired 13 of the next 14 hitters he faced.
Baltimore managed just three hits off Cease but drew three walks. In the sixth, Cedric Mullins led off with a walk and advanced to second on an errant pickoff attempt. Anthony Santander delivered a single to plate Mullins and end Cease’s night.
Luis Robert had a three-hit night. He doubled twice, including a drive that missed clearing the left field wall by a foot. The 402-foot blast would have been a homer last year, but the left field fences at Camden yards were pushed back before the season. Nevertheless, Robert scored on a pinch-hit single by Andrew Vaughn that made it 4-3 in the seventh. The Orioles answered again with an RBI single by Jorge Mateo to go back up by two runs.
Seby Zavala was also denied a home run in the eighth and settled for a 405-foot double. The Orioles brought in closer Felix Bautista with one out and runners on the corners in the eighth. He struck out Luis Robert but then hit Eloy Jimenez with a 102 MPH fastball to load the bases. Jimenez left the game after being struck. The White Sox didn't score that inning after Jose Abreu struck out on a full count. Bautista pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to end the game.
White Sox Notes
Baltimore is 4-1 against the White Sox in 2022.
The White Sox placed Michael Kopech on the 15-day injured list and recalled Tanner Banks from Triple-A Charlotte.
The White Sox said x-rays on Eloy Jimenez’s elbow were negative. He is day-to-day.
What’s On Tap Next?
The Chicago White Sox will turn to Lucas Giolito to face Baltimore's Spenser Watkins on Wednesday night. Giolito lasted just three innings in his last start against Houston. You can watch it all on NBC Sports Chicago and Sox On Tap will have the postgame.