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White Sox 3, Mariners 2: Pitching strikes out 19 to salvage series

by Jordan Lazowski

It’s been a long, late start to the road trip out west – but the White Sox at least walked away with a win.

After quite a few blown leads throughout the weekend despite strong starting pitching throughout, the White Sox were finally able to pull one out this evening.

The game started on the back of Garrett Crochet, who set a new record for most strikeouts in a game for his career with 13 and picked up his 200th career strikeout in the same outing. The left-hander completed seven innings, giving up just one run on a solo home run. He gave way to John Brebbia, who threw a strong, scoreless eighth inning before a Julio Rodriguez homer off of Michael Kopech in the ninth sent the game to extra innings. Tanner Banks would get the save, with Kopech earning the “win” for the game. All told, the White Sox got 30 outs today and got strikeouts on 19 of them. Rather impressive.

On offense, the White Sox hit their 20th and 21st home runs of June, which is the second-most in baseball in the month. The offense mostly came back-to-back in the third inning off the bats of Andrew Vaughn and Luis Robert Jr., with the White Sox adding the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th off an RBI groundout from Andrew Vaughn.

With the victory, you still don’t care about the White Sox’s record.

W: Michael Kopech (2-6) | L: Andres Munoz (2-3) | S: Tanner Banks (2)

StatCast Breakdown

Box Score

Offensive Recap

Pitching Recap

Notable Performances

Garrett Crochet: 7.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 13 K

Whether or not the White Sox trade Garrett Crochet is going to remain a hot topic all summer long – but he’s certainly earned the right to have his name thrown in rumors. Crochet worked with a fastball/cutter combination all night and mystified Mariners’ hitters throughout his start.

Oscar Colas: 3-for-4

Don’t look now, but Colas might be figuring something out at the major league level.

Andrew Vaughn: 2-for-5, HR, 2 RBI, R

Vaughn has slowly pulled himself out of the hole he dug himself into to start the season, and his home run to dead-center field continued a string of really strong games from the White Sox first basemen.

Luis Robert Jr: 1-for-4, HR, RBI, R, K

Luis Robert Jr. continues to be a really good baseball player, to no one’s surprise.

Next Matchup

The White Sox will continue their west coast trip in Arizona, heading to play the Diamondbacks starting on Friday.

The game will begin at 8:40 PM CT with Chris Flexen set to face off against Ryne Nelson.

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Featured Image: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

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