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White Sox 2, Tigers 1: Wild pitch offense rules the day

by Jordan Lazowski

The White Sox took their second game from the Tigers in this series in one of the most unlikely ways.

Dylan Cease had a solid performance as he continues to get stronger this season, pitching 5.1 innings, striking out six batters, and giving up two hits and an earned run. The bullpen was lights out behind him as well, as Keyan Middleton, Liam Hendriks, Gregory Santos, Kendall Graveman, and Reynaldo Lopez were able to neutralize the Tigers’ bat throughout 10 innings. The only offense from the Tigers was a Zack McKinstry triple and a wild pitch from Dylan Cease, which scored McKinstry. Besides Cease’s solid performance, Hendriks gets his first strikeout of the season after recovering from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

On the other side of the ball, it was one of those games where the bats were dead silent. One of the only contributors was Andrew Benintendi, who singled, stole second base, and advanced on multiple wild pitches to score the team’s only run in the first nine innings. The next time the Sox would score would be at the bottom of the 10th, where Yoan Moncada would score the winning run on a wild pitch by Jose Cisnero. This is the first time the White Sox have won a game without recording an RBI since 1990.

With this victory, the Sox take the series against the Tigers, improving to 25-35, and will look to sweep their AL Division rivals tomorrow afternoon. 

W: Reynaldo Lopez (1-4) | L: Jose Cisnero (2-1)

StatCast Breakdown

Box Score

Offensive Recap:

Pitching Recap:

White Sox Scoring Recap:

  • Bottom 4th: Wild pitch by Michael Lorenzen. Andrew Benintendi scores. 1-0 White Sox 
  • Bottom 10th: Wild pitch by Jose Cisnero. Yoan Moncada scores. 2-1 White Sox

Notable Performances

Dylan Cease: 5.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K

Cease had himself an outing. His fastball and curveball had some movement, and it’s always great to see Cease paint Javy Baez with the four-seam fastball. Cease lowered his ERA to 4.63 after today’s outing.

Andrew Benintendi: 2-for-4 R, SB 

Benintendi was the sole offensive leader in today’s game, as his single, steal, and advances on wild pitches gave the Sox an early lead.

Liam Hendriks: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K 

 It was great seeing Hendriks back on the mound and recording his first strikeout of the season. Who else missed his scream and pumping fist?

Next Matchup

The White Sox wrap up their three-game series against the Tigers tomorrow afternoon. Michael Kopech gets the start tomorrow for the Sox. Opposing him is Matthew Boyd.

The game will start at 1:10 PM CT over on NBC Sports Chicago.

Follow us @SoxOn35th for more throughout the season!

Featured Image: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

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