The Chicago White Sox shelled the Minnesota Twins 11-0 in Sunday’s series finale. Dylan Cease threw a masterpiece and the Sox offense supported him with 3 home runs. The White Sox closed the gap in the AL Central dvision to three games after taking three of four from the first-place Twins. Chicago enters the second half with a 46-46 record.
Dylan Cease Shoves Again
Cease, despite being snubbed as an All-Star selection, pitched like an AL Cy Young Contender. the importance of Cease’s first half for the White Sox cannot be overstated. He has been one of the few players who has exceeded expectations in 2022.
The righty spun seven innings of shutout baseball in the biggest game of the season for the South Siders. He allowed just one hit, issued two free passes, and fanned eight.
Joe Kelly and Jose Ruiz finished the game. Collectively, they surrendered just a walk.
The Pale Hose put a pair of crooked numbers on the board in the fifth and seventh innings. In the fifth, four runs crossed the plate with two outs. Seby Zavala kept the inning alive with a walk. Adam Engel singled to left and Sox runners reached second and third on a fielding error by Nick Gordon. Tim Anderson then delivered a single to right field to plate both runners.
Yoan Moncada followed with a ground-rule double, and he and Anderson both scored on Andrew Vaughn’s double down the line.
The big hits came in the sixth. Adam Engel led off with a single and came home on a 437-foot missile off the bat of Moncada.
Andrew Vaughn decided to join the party in the following at-bat with a solo home run of his variety.
Jose Abreu singled and Gavin Sheets walked to set up the dagger. A three-run homer off the bat of Josh Harrison to left field put the White Sox ahead 10-0 and the rout was on.
Engel added insult to injury with an RBI double in the ninth to score Leury Garcia.
Dylan Cease is the AL leader in strikeouts. In his last 10 starts, Cease has tossed 58 innings with 79 punchouts and just 34 hits and three earned runs allowed.
Dylan Cease is the fastest pitcher in White Sox history to 500 career strikeouts, surpassing Chris Sale (472.1 IP).
White Sox closer Liam Hendriks was added to the All-Star team in another wave of substitutions for injuries and weekend starting pitching.
Luis Robert was out for the third straight day after feeling lightheaded in the first inning Friday night. He'll have a medical exam Monday.
What’s On Tap Next?
Following the All-Star break, the Chicago White Sox will open a four-game home series against the Cleveland Guardians. Starting pitchers will likely be announced later this week.
Until then, thank you for reading my White Sox game recaps! I’ll certainly be back for what could be a very special second half for our Sox with recaps and more.