The Chicago White Sox are three games above .500 for the first time since April 17 after shutting down the Detroit Tigers 5-3 Sunday afternoon to complete a three-game sweep at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Pitching Holds Up
Starting pitcher Lance Lynn posted a strong outing allowing just two runs on five hits while fanning seven over six innings. Lynn ran into trouble in the third as the Tigers scored on a wild pitch and again on an RBI double by Javier Baez. After Baez’s double, White Sox pitching as a whole shut down the Tigers by retiring 16 of the next 18 batters.
The White Sox bullpen put together another strong performance to help Lynn record a win. Jimmy Lambert, Jake Diekman, and Kendall Graveman combined to allow just one run on three hits over three innings. Graveman allowed a harmless home run to Harold Castro in the top of the ninth for the Tigers' lone run after the third.
Power and Opportunism Result in Runs
Offensively, AJ Pollock continued where he left off Saturday night. His home run in the bottom of third (and second homer in as many days) cut a 2-0 Tiger lead in half.
Pollock has filled in admirably this season out of the leadoff spot with a batting line of .392/.425/1.074, including four home runs and 12 RBIs. Sunday was his second straight two-hit, two-run game.
The White Sox took the lead for good in the bottom of the sixth. Pollock led off the inning with a double and then scored two batters later on a double from Eloy Jimenez. Jimenez scored on a fielder’s choice off of the bat of Andrew Vaughn, which gave the Sox a 3-2 lead.
Vaughn wasn’t done putting runs on the board. His homer in the bottom of the eighth was one of two insurance runs the Sox scored in the inning. Seby Zavala doubled home Josh Harrison to give the Sox their final run.
Vaughn’s RBI in the sixth was the third straight game in which he provided the game-winning run. He continues to bring home big runs in late innings. For the season, he’s currently tied for second in MLB with Jose Ramirez with 27 RBI in the seventh inning or later.
With the win, the White Sox improved to 59-56 on the season and now sit 2.5 games behind the division-leading Cleveland Guardians.
What's On Tap Next?
The Chicago White Sox host the Houston Astros for a four-game series beginning Monday at Guaranteed Rate Field. The Astros lead the American League with a 75-41 record. They’re tied with the New York Mets for second-most wins in the entire league.
In June, Houston took two out of three from the Sox. Johnny Cueto and Reynaldo Lopez combined for a three-hit, 7-0 shutout in the South Siders' lone win. Cueto will take the mound Monday against Astros' righty Jose Urquidy.