The Chicago White Sox played what felt like an elimination game in Cleveland Thursday afternoon. This was a makeup game from a rainout on August 21. A loss would have clinched the season series for the Guardians and dropped the Sox five games back of first place. The White Sox offense and starter Lance Lynn came through in a big way to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Lance Lynn put together another solid start to continue his hot streak. Lynn struggled early and needed 48 pitches to record the first six outs but limited the damage to only one run. He improved to 4-0 in his last four starts and has allowed just three earned runs in that span. He settled down after the second and stifled Cleveland hitters. He allowed just three runners to reach base before giving way to Aaron Bummer in the seventh with one out. In total, he tossed 6.1 innings allowing six hits, one walk, two earned runs, while fanning six.
Offense Sets The Tone
The Pale Hose unloaded on Cleveland’s recently recalled starter Hunter Geddis for five home runs in the first five innings. The White Sox offense staked him to a 3-0 lead in the second when Gavin Sheets belted a two-run homer to right to open the scoring. Andrew Vaughn followed with a solo shot to left for his team-leading 16th homer.
Yoan Moncada, Yasmani Grandal, and Elvis Andrus added solo homers in each of the next three innings to put the South Siders ahead 6-1. Moncada had four hits on the afternoon and Jose Abreu drove in two runs with RBI singles in the fifth and ninth innings.
The 8-2 win halted Cleveland’s winning streak at six games. However, the White Sox still remain three games out of first place and four games in the loss column behind the Guardians. Cleveland needs just one more win to clinch the season series and division tie-breaker. The teams play a three-game series next week at Guaranteed Rate Field.
News and Notes
Per Chris Kamka, it was the first time the White Sox homered in four consecutive innings since August 20, 2012 vs the New York Yankees.
Luis Robert was not in the lineup despite still nursing a sore wrist. “I want to help the team even though I’m not 100 percent,” he said. He went on to add that he’s “good to play” but did not see any action.
The five home runs allowed by Cleveland tied a team record. It has happened three times in club history, last by Luis Tiant on April 18, 1969 in Boston.
What's On Tap Next?
The White Sox will open a three-game series in Detroit against the Tigers tomorrow. Lucas Giolito will toe the rubber against the Tiger's Matt Manning. The game will air at 6:10 central time on NBC Sports Chicago. Sox On Tap will have the postgame show.