It was a night of solo home runs and dominant pitching as the Sox took the first game of a 4 game series against Detroit. Lance Lynn put together another quality start, the bullpen was stellar once again, and the offense added some much-needed fireworks. This was the White Sox’ fifth straight win at home.
With the win, the Sox improved to 34-22 and are now 3 games ahead of Cleveland in the AL Central.
W: Lance Lynn (7-1) | L: Casey Mize (3-4) | SV: Hendriks (14)
Yoan Moncada: 1-4, Home Run, 2 K
Moncada got the Sox on the board early with a blast to left field on what was actually a very good pitch by Casey Mize. He just missed a second homer in the bottom of the 6th inning. Moncada has been on fire over the last week and is now slugging the ball more to go along with his stellar walk rate. His WRC+ now sits at 151, and he continues to build his case to be the starting third basemen for the AL All-Star team.
Jake Lamb: 1-3, Home Run, K
Lamb has put together solid production in limited at-bats in his time with the Sox. With all of the injuries to the outfield, his bat has been a welcome surprise, and he seems to be earning more playing time against right-handed pitchers. He is now hitting .265/.400/.531 in limited action this season.
Lance Lynn: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 13 swinging strikes
Lynn put together another dominant start, protecting the Sox lead through 6 innings and working himself out of a bases-loaded jam in the second inning. Lynn has been brilliant through the Month of May and now into June, and continues to further his case to be an all-star.
Lynn had some nagging injuries, but he was evaluated after being pulled and reported no further issues.
Yasmani Grandal: 1-3, Home Run
Grandal has been a polarizing player for Sox fans this year, as he sports an incredible walk rate and OBP, but has hit for very low average and hasn’t had a ton of hits in general. This is relatively consistent with the player Grandal has always been, however you’d expect to see the average and slugging rise a bit. The power is starting to show up more frequently now though, and if Grandal can continue to get on base at a high rate and produce more home runs, he will remain among the best catchers in all of baseball.
Tim Anderson: 2-4, Home Run
Anderson has been in a bit of a slump for the last few weeks, which is unusual to see for a guy that is usually hitting well above .300 and spraying the ball all over the field. The home run had to be encouraging for Tim, being that it was his first since May 13th. The Sox surely hope that this game gets Anderson going again, as they really need his bat to help keep the offense afloat.
Matchup of the Game
With the Sox up 1-0 and the bases loaded in the top of the 2nd inning with 2 outs for the Tigers, Lance Lynn faced Jake Rogers, the Tigers 9 hitter, in a crucial moment. Lynn was able to overpower Rogers and struck him out on 3 pitches, with a high heater and a cutter that Rogers was never able to catch up to. This was a big moment for Lynn, considering he battled his control early, so to get out of the inning giving up no runs was great to see.
The White Sox take on the Tigers again tomorrow at 7:10 P.M Central Time. Dallas Keuchel is scheduled to take the mound for the Sox. The game can be viewed on NBC Sports Chicago as always.