In front of the third consecutive crowd of 34,000+ on the weekend, the White Sox took care of business against the Astros this afternoon, winning the rubber match of the three game series 4-0.
Carlos Rodon was excellent once again, giving up just one hit over seven innings of work. He only allowed that one baserunner as he worked through his outing. As if facing Rodon isn’t hard enough, the Astros were greeted by scoreless innings out of Michael Kopech and Liam Hendriks to close out the game. The Astros would have just the one baserunner all day after scoring just one run off of Lucas Giolito on Saturday night.
On offense, Yoan Moncada and Tim Anderson left the ballpark, while Adam Engel and Danny Mendick added some offense of their own to give the White Sox more than enough offense to take care of business this afternoon.
With the win, the White Sox improved their AL-best winning percentage and are now 20 games over .500 at 56-36.
W: Carlos Rodon (8-3) | L: Framber Valdez (5-2)
Carlos Rodon: 7 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 10 K, 16 Swinging Strikes
Rodon picked up right where he left off in the first half, dominating the Astros today across seven innings of scoreless baseball. Rodon lowered his season ERA to 2.14 in the effort, and his ten consecutive starts with 8+ strikeouts is the new club record.
This season against the Astros, Rodon has thrown 14 innings and given up just one run (0.64 ERA).
Yoan Moncada: 1-for-4, HR
Moncada flashed some power today, hitting his 6th home run on the season – and the first on a fastball. It would be great if Moncada could flash some consistent power in this second half to go along with his awesome stat line.
Tim Anderson: 1-for-4, HR, K
Speaking of players who I’d love to see add some power in the second half: Tim Anderson homered for the second time in as many games and is now hitting .315 on the season. Anderson continues to be a catalyst at the top of the White Sox lineup, and if he can continue to show some opposite field power, his 15-game hitting streak is only going to grow higher.
Danny Mendick: 1-for-2, RBI, BB
Making his first start in over 12 days, Danny Mendick came in and did his job. He started the scoring in the second with an RBI single, and his leadoff walk in the seventh added an important insurance run for the White Sox. He might not be flashy, but every team needs ballplayers like Danny Mendick.
Moment of the Game
Though the White Sox were in control most of the game, the seventh inning brought an opportunity for insurance runs. After Danny Mendick led off the inning with a single, Tim Anderson move him over with a groundout. Three pitches later, Adam Engel gave the White Sox an insurance run that they wouldn’t need, but felt good at the time.
The White Sox get right back to work tomorrow with a doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins. Lance Lynn will start one of the two games, and it is likely that Reynaldo Lopez will start the second game.
Game 1 will begin at 4:10 PM CT, and the second game will likely start thirty minutes after the first one. Both games can be viewed on NBC Sports Chicago.