Monday night’s game between the White Sox and Blue Jays seemed to pay tribute to the dead-ball era, as the Blue Jays downed the White Sox 2-1 in a game where offense was scarce.
Lance Lynn contributed a 7-inning effort that, at the end of the day, was a gem. As an offensive unit, the Sox stranded eight runners on base in the game and ended the game 1-for-6 with RISP, with the sole hit coming from Andrew Vaughn, who was on his own in the RBI column.
The game was knotted up following the sixth inning, and it stayed that way until the bottom of the 8th. Craig Kimbrel entered to begin the 8th frame, and despite striking out two, gave up the go-ahead run on a wild pitch following an infield-hit and intentional walk. The Sox didn’t put up a fight in the 9th, going down in order.
With the loss, the White Sox fall to 72-54 and hold a nine-game lead in the AL Central.
W: Tim Mayza (3-1) | L: Craig Kimbrel (2-4) | S: Jordan Romano (12)
Lance Lynn: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 4 K
Lynn posted a quality start after his four-inning start last week. He worked very efficiently and kept his pitch count relatively low for the majority of the game by inducing a lot of weak contact against the Blue Jays. All in all, he lasted 7 innings and only surrendered three hits while striking out three Jays.
Yoan Moncada: 2-for-4, R
The only player to record multiple hits or score a run for the Sox in tonight’s game was Moncada, who posted a 2-for-4 line that extended his hitting streak to double digits – he’s now at 10 straight.
Andrew Vaughn: 1-for-4, RBI
Andrew Vaughn knocked in the sole run of the ballgame on an RBI base hit in the top of the 6th which, at the time, gave the Sox a 1-0 lead. Overall on the night, went 1-for-4 with an RBI.
Player of the Game
Lance Lynn gave the White Sox a better chance to win than anybody else on the team Monday night, and he’s the only viable option for POTG. The 7-inning quality start lowered Lynn’s ERA down to 2.20 and solidified his case for the 2021 AL Cy Young Award.
Game two of the series between the White Sox and Blue Jays will take place tomorrow evening at 6:07 PM CDT. A familiar foe will be on the mound for the Jays in Jose Berrios (8-6, 3.52 ERA) who’s making his first start against the Sox since serving a walk-off bomb to Gavin Sheets while with the Twins back on July 19. Tony La Russa will send Dylan Cease (9-6, 4.06 ERA) to the mound to oppose Berrios.
The game will be broadcasted on NBC Sports Chicago while out-of-market fans will be able to see the broadcast on MLB Network.
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