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Dylan Cease struggled through his start but kept the Chicago White Sox in Thursday's game. The South Siders failed to capitalize on multiple runs-scoring opportunities in the shutout series finale loss to Colorado.

Tough Day for Cease

Dylan Cease has been brilliant for the White Sox in 2022. He is coming off two starts in which he allowed just four hits and four walks over 15 innings. Cease is one of the frontrunners for the AL Cy Young Award, but he simply didn’t have his best stuff Thursday afternoon against the Rockies. The righty lasted five innings, surrendering six hits, three earned runs, and two walks while striking out eight.

He managed to escape a first-inning jam but was not so fortunate in the second. A leadoff walk to Michael Toglia came around to score on a double to left by Alan Trejo. Cease got Ryan McMahon to line out for the second out, but Yonathan Diaz drove in McMahon on a base hit to left.

McMahon led off the fifth with a ground-rule double and scored on a one-out single by C.J. Cron. Jake Diekman took over for Cease in the sixth inning.

Same Old Story

While Cease kept the game within reach, the White Sox' offense failed to cash in on multiple opportunities. The Sox put a runner in scoring position with less than two outs in the first, third, fourth, and fifth innings. Rockies' starter Kyle Freeland retired every hitter in order in those situations, holding the Sox to 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position. Overall, the White Sox offense was 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position.

Yoan Moncada struck out in the seventh with two outs, stranding Romy Gonzalez at second and Andrus at first. In the eighth, AJ Pollock grounded out after Andrew Vaughn doubled.

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Freeland tossed 6.2 innings, allowed seven hits, walked three, struck out five, and earned the win.

Bullpen Stays Strong

White Sox' relievers did a nice job despite the final outcome. Jake Diekman, Joe Kelly, Jose Ruiz, and Vince Velazquez recorded the final 12 outs. They combined to allow just one hit, no walks, and seven strikeouts. The bullpen pitched a total of eight scoreless innings in the two-game series.

News and Notes

The White Sox are now 10-9 all-time against the Colorado Rockies.

Tony La Russa was in attendance for Thursday's game. There is no official word on if he will return in 2022.

What’s On Tap Next?

The Chicago White Sox have aligned their rotation so that Lance Lynn can make his next start in Thursday’s crucial makeup game in Cleveland. Lucas Giolito was originally scheduled to start, but the Sox will turn to the veteran Lynn, who has a 1.81 ERA in his last eight starts. The Guardians recalled Hunter Gaddis to oppose Lynn.

Cleveland has a four-game lead over Chicago in the AL Central, making it a near-must-win scenario for the South Siders. The game will air on NBC Sports Chicago at 12:10 PM CT and Sox On Tap will have the postgame show.

Tune in to the Sox On Tap podcast for postgame reaction and further White Sox commentary all season.