Well, what a way to end a wild weekend series!
The White Sox took the first game Friday and lost a game in which they scored 11 runs last night. This game had none of the offense of the previous two games in the series, thanks to the likes of Jimmy Lambert, Reynaldo Lopez, and Cal Quantrill. Both pitching staffs were incredible in this game, sending the game into the ninth tied at one due in part to the White Sox going 1-for-6 with RISP.
Then, in the ninth, Brian Goodwin sent everyone home happy.
With the win, the White Sox are 62-44 and have a nine game lead over the Indians for first place.
W: Liam Hendriks (5-2) | L: Nick Wittgren (2-4)
Jimmy Lambert/Reynaldo Lopez: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
Jimmy Lambert and Reynaldo Lopez both threw three really solid innings this afternoon to give the White Sox the ability to rest some of their starting rotation. We are likely to see more of these sorts of combinations as the Sox go through the dog days of August, so to see great results like this will be incredibly important.
Aaron Bummer/Craig Kimbrel/Liam Hendriks: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
If this is the future monster at the back of this bullpen in the playoffs, sign me up. Bummer has returned to his previous form over his past few outing, while Craig Kimbrel and Liam Hendriks continue to be dominant out of the back end.
In the playoffs, a dominant bullpen is one of the most important things towards winning it all. The White Sox certainly appear to have that.
Brian Goodwin: 1-for-3, HR, RBI, BB
It had been a rough day for Brian Goodwin. His defense had been less than stellar in the OF and he missed first base while slowly running out a pop up that was eventually dropped. Fans had already started to speculate that he would be Designated for Assignment when Luis Robert returns to the team.
Goodwin silenced the haters, at least for another day.
The White Sox have an off day tomorrow before the Kansas City Royals come to town on Tuesday. Dylan Cease will toe the rubber against Kris Bubic as the White Sox once again face off with Kansas City.
The game will start at 7:10 PM CT and can be viewed on NBC Sports Chicago.