The White Sox continued their quest to avoid 100 losses on Saturday behind a dominant performance from Dylan Cease. Luis Robert’s 38th home run on a Fenway Park special was the only offense the White Sox needed to secure the victory.
Cease threw seven innings of shutout baseball yesterday afternoon, striking out 11 while not walking a batter. In the effort, he surpassed 200 strikeouts for the third consecutive season, a particularly impressive feat given the overall struggles Cease has faced this season. Robert’s game-deciding homer snuck around Pesky’s Pole such that it would have only been a home run in one ballpark: the one it left.
Aaron Bummer and Bryan Shaw would throw scoreless innings to close out the game, with both working around traffic to keep the Red Sox at bay.
With the win, the White Sox improved to 59-96 and will need to go 4-3 in their final seven games to avoid 100 losses.
W: Aaron Bummer (5-5) | L: Josh Winckowski (4-3) | S: Bryan Shaw (3)
White Sox Scoring Recap:
- Top 9th: Luis Robert Jr. homers (38) to right. 1-0 White Sox
Dylan Cease: 7 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 11 K
An encouraging sign for Dylan Cease, who hasn’t had the 2023 season he wanted to have, as he hurled possibly his best outing of the year. He’ll have one more start to get himself right before heading into an important offseason and looking to bounce back in 2024. Despite the inconsistency, Cease clinched his third consecutive season with at least 200 strikeouts, only the third pitcher in White Sox history to do so.
Luis Robert Jr: 1-for-4, HR (38), RBI, K
Robert Jr.’s 311-foot homer is the shortest out-of-the-park home run in MLB this season. Thanks, Fenway Park.
Eloy Jimenez: 2-for-4
Another multi-hit game for Jimenez, who will be an interesting offseason decision for the White Sox. He continues to be a good offensive player when healthy.
The White Sox will wrap up the weekend series, and their season series with Boston, this Sunday afternoon. Mike Clevinger takes the bump on the heels of his dominant performance in Washington. Kutter Crawford gets the ball for the Red Sox, who are chasing the .500 mark.
The game will begin at 12:35 PM CT over on NBC Sports Chicago.
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