The Detroit Tigers defeated the Chicago White Sox in Sunday's series finale to complete a three-game sweep. The Sox are now losers of their last six games, the most recent of which allowed the Cleveland Guardians to clinch the AL Central.
"They've been playing good baseball, so take your hat off and give it to them," Eloy Jimenez said of the Guardians earlier in the week.
Sunday’s affair was similar to the White Sox' poor performance the prior night. The South Siders' offense was lifeless once again. Their only run of the game came in the fourth inning when Yoan Moncada put his team ahead 1-0 with a solo homer.
It was the first time the White Sox held a lead since Tuesday’s game against Cleveland. However, it didn't hold up. The Pale Hose compiled six hits and three walks. They were 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position and failed to put a man on third base.
Starter Dylan Cease was not the dominant version of himself, but he still pitched effectively in his six innings. He allowed no runs, four hits, and three walks while fanning five to lower his ERA to 2.06. Cease was relieved by Reynaldo Lopez in the seventh.
The Tigers evened the score at one apiece in the seventh inning with back-to-back hits to start the inning. Ryan Kreidler singled to lead off the inning against Lopez and Victor Reyes plated him with a double.
The White Sox' bullpen continued to fail – a common theme in the series. Kendall Graveman relieved Lopez in the eighth and failed to record three outs. He allowed four singles and added a wild pitch to allow three runs to cross home. Acting manager Miguel Cairo called upon Aaron Bummer to get the final out. After the dust settled, Detroit led 4-1, which held up as the final score.
“That’s not acceptable. That’s not baseball,” said Miguel Cairo postgame. He said Sunday's loss was the team’s worst effort of the homestand.
News and Notes
The White Sox finished the homestand 0-6. They are now one game below .500.
Jose Abreu had a rare day off. He has played in 150 games this season.
What’s On Tap Next?
The Chicago White Sox will travel to Minnesota for a three-game series against the Twins. Lance Lynn will face Bailey Ober in Tuesday's series opener. NBC Sports Chicago will air the game beginning at 6:40 PM CT and Sox On Tap will have the postgame show.
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