In an absolutely wild turn of events, the White Sox turned a 3-2 deficit with their backs against the wall into a 4-3 victory to clinch the series tie with the Royals. With Dylan Cease giving up just one run through 5.2 IP, the White Sox used a two-run Adam Eaton homer to supply their offense through eight innings. However, an RBI single by Yoan Moncada and some #WildPitchOffense from the MVP pushed the White Sox to 8-2 in this 13-game stretch against divisional opponents.
W: Matt Foster (2-1) | L: Wade Davis (0-2)
Dylan Cease: 5.2 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 9 Swinging Strikes
Cease didn’t have as much swing-and-miss stuff today (25% Whiff Rate), but he did do a pretty good job at limiting hard contact throughout most of the afternoon while working through the fifth inning. He left with a runner on third and two outs in the sixth at just 88 pitches, so he was managing his pitches pretty effectively. Cease’s next start will be a tough one against the Yankees in New York.
Tim Anderson: 3-for-5, 2B, 2 R
Tim Anderson continues to be the sparkplug at the top of the lineup for the Chicago White Sox. With another three-hit effort, including a leadoff double in the ninth inning, Anderson has improved his average to .328 on the season.
Adam Eaton: 1-for-2, HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB
Adam Eaton was the original party starter this afternoon, mashing a two-run homer against Brady Singer in the fifth inning to finally put the White Sox on the board. Eaton has struggled with injuries after getting off to a hot start this season, so hopefully, this can begin his turnaround.
Jose Abreu: 2-for-4, K, HBP
Jose Abreu didn’t do anything too incredible with the bat today; however, he was a crucial part of the White Sox winning the game today. He allowed himself to get hit on a curveball that got away from Wade Davis, and through some instinctive baserunning, pushed the final run across for the White Sox in this victory.
Matchup of the Game
The comeback ninth inning could not have happened without someone to get the inning started. Who better than Tim Anderson, who capped off his three hit performance with a leadoff double that sparked a two-run rally to win the ballgame.
Player of the Game
From injured via an on-field collision two days ago to scoring the winning run in today’s matchup, #MVPito continues to do MVP things. The instincts Abreu showed on that wild pitch were incredible.
The White Sox continue their 12-game stretch against the division by heading north to Minnesota to face the Twins. The White Sox swept the Twinkies this past week, and they will be looking to continue their solid stretch against their division rival. Dallas Keuchel will go against J.A. Happ in the opener on Monday night at 6:40 PM CT.