After a late collapse by the Blue Jays bullpen gave the Sox a win last night, the South Siders decided to return the favor in tonight’s 6-2 loss.
There wasn’t much to speak about on offense. After an RBI single by Yoan Moncada in the first, a questionable call at home in the 4th robbed the Sox of a run, but Nick Madrigal would double home Leury Garcia in the 5th to take a 2-1 lead. That would be the end of the offensive work for the night.
Lance Lynn had another great start tonight, giving up just the solo shot from Grichuk and going 7 innings without a walk. Aaron Bummer took over in the 8th and gave up a base runner on a dropped 3rd strike. Next he gave up back-to-back singles and walked Guerrero Jr. to allow a run to score before being relieved by Codi Heuer. Codi did not have much control tonight and allowed two more runs to score, which were charged to Bummer. However, he did get a double play ball that should have ended the inning if not for an errant throw by Tim Anderson.
In the end, the bullpen and defense let down Lynn’s terrific start with 4 errors and 5 runs given up in the last 2 innings. With the loss, the White Sox dropped to 37-24 on the year.
W: Tyler Chatwood (1-2) | L: Aaron Bummer (0-4)
Lance Lynn: 7IP, 9K, 0BB, 4H, 1ER
Lynn was on fire tonight and had great command of the strike zone. His pitches were not the only thing on fire, though, as his emotion on the field was just as hot. He allowed only the one run on a homer from Randal Grichuk and four total hits across his outing. He continues to cover innings, and with 95 pitches one could argue he could have come out for the 8th inning.
Tim Anderson: 1-for-3, 2B, BB, 2 SB
TA recorded a hit and walk in tonight’s match-up. In the 8th he tried to make things happen on the bases with two stolen bases, but it was for naught as the offense was not able to bat him in. However, since Anderson has been in a bit of a slump, it’s nice to see him contributing to the offense.
Nick Madrigal: 1-for-3, 2B, RBI
Madrigal’s lone hit on the night was stung into the gap to give the White Sox the lead in the 5th inning. While running to first in the 7th on a grounder, he came up short with an apparent leg injury. The White Sox announced this was a hamstring injury, and that he would be re-evaluated tomorrow.
Matchup of the Game
The White Sox were up 2-1 in the 8th with Bummer coming in to relieve Lance Lynn. As mentioned before he loaded the bases on a dropped 3rd and back-to-back singles. Vlad Jr. came up and was issued a walk as Bummer lost control of the strike zone. This walk tied the game at 2-2 before Heuer came in and allowed 2 more runs to score.
Frustrating to walk the tying run in, but unfortunately, it just wasn’t the Sox’ night.
The latter innings left a bad taste in everyone’s mouth. Let’s forget it, turn it over and take the series tomorrow. Keuchel faces off against fellow soft-tossing lefty Ryu on NBC Sports Chicago at 7:10pm.