The White Sox returned home tonight after losing three of four in Kansas City and bounced back in a big way.
The fun started in the 2nd inning with Yoan Moncada‘s home run off colliding Cleveland outfielders. It only continued in the bottom of the 4th when Moncada singled and Vaughn took a walk. After the left fielder’s free pass, Brian Goodwin battled through a ten-pitch at-bat to drive home Moncada to tie the game at two. Then, Leury Garcia grounded into a fielder’s choice to score Vaughn, recapturing the lead.
In the bottom of the 5th with the bases loaded and two outs, Vaughn fought Blake Parker to a seven-pitch walk to drive in a run. Tim Anderson also came up with runners on first and third and delivered the go-ahead run. With the bases loaded in the 8th, Jose Abreu was hit in the head with a 96mph fastball. He miraculously stayed in the game after being checked on by the staff, but benches cleared in a wild scene.
Lance Lynn came out without his best stuff early. However, he managed to battle through some control issues as well as some aggressive swinging from Indians hitters. After loading the bases on two hits and a hit-by-pitch, Franmil Reyes singled hard up the middle to score their first two runs. Despite the rough 1st inning, he settled in and had a clean 1-2-3 inning in the 3rd. Later in the 5th, he walked Bradley Zimmer, who stole second base. Jose Ramirez came up and singled home Zimmer with two outs.
Garrett Crochet was the first one out of the revamped Sox bullpen tonight. He had a quick inning with a strikeout on a nasty slider. Next guy up out of the ‘pen was fellow southpaw Aaron Bummer, who is coming off a very good outing the other night in Kansas City. After walking Amed Rosario with 2 outs, he struck out Ramirez on the ninth pitch of the at-bat. Newly acquired Ryan Tepera came in to start the 8th and gave up a game tying home run to Franmil Reyes. With three straight batters reaching, Jose Ruiz was brought in to relieve Tepera. He got out of it quickly with a strikeout and flyout to left.
Liam Hendriks came out to close out this intense game. He came out fired up and struck out two and induced an infield pop up to finish the game. The White Sox are now 61-43.
W: Jose Ruiz (1-1) | L: James Karinchak (7-3) | S: Liam Hendriks (26)
Lance Lynn: 5.0 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 7 K
Lynn overall had a solid outing tonight after his rocky start to the game. Outside of the Houston start, he has been the most consistent starter for the White Sox. He racked up 17 swings and misses tonight that led to his strikeout total.
Yoan Moncada: 3-for-5, HR, RBI, 2 R
Moncada owned a 4-31 slump coming into tonight’s game. He turned that around with two rockets in his first two at-bats, with one going over the fence. He drove in a run with his solo-shot and scored a run on Goodwin’s single.
Cesar Hernandez: 2-for-5, R
In his first game for the Sox, Hernandez batted second in the lineup. He singled and came around to score the would-have-been go-ahead run against his former team on Vaughn’s bases loaded walk. WELCOME TO THE SOUTH SIDE CESAR!
Brian Goodwin: 1-for-3, BB, RBI
Despite his less than stellar defensive play recently, Goodwin has still been valuable on offense. He walked and later in the game singled home Moncada in the 4th.
The offense showed up tonight for 6 runs on 11 hits. They will attempt to carry this momentum into tomorrow night’s game against Cleveland. Dallas Keuchel will take on Triston McKenzie on NBC Sports Chicago at 6:10pm CT.
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