Michael Kopech‘s brilliant outing paved the way for a combined five-hit shutout and the White Sox’ third consecutive victory.
The right-handed starter was dominant all evening, allowing just one hit over six scoreless innings while striking out eight. On the offensive end, AJ Pollock got his long-awaited revenge against his former club with a pinch-hit, two-run double in the sixth inning. Jake Burger immediately followed with an RBI double of his own, while Reese McGuire padded the lead not long after with a run-scoring single.
With the win, the White Sox improve to 26-27 on the season. They now sit in a tie for second place in the AL Central with the Cleveland Guardians.
W: Michael Kopech (2-2, 1.94 ERA) | L: Phil Bickford (0-1, 4.41 ERA)
White Sox Scoring Recap:
- Bottom 6th: AJ Pollock doubles (8) on a sharp line drive to right fielder Mookie Betts. Danny Mendick scores. Jose Abreu scores. LAD 0 – CWS 2
- Bottom 6th: Jake Burger doubles (6) on a sharp ground ball to left fielder Chris Taylor. AJ Pollock scores. LAD 0 – CWS 3
- Bottom 6th: Reese McGuire singles on a line drive to left fielder Chris Taylor. Jake Burger scores. Yoan Moncada to 3rd. LAD 0 – CWS 4
Michael Kopech: 6.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K
Kopech’s final line speaks for itself. The flamethrower continued his dominant stretch by completely shutting down the Dodgers’ offense. Over six scoreless innings, Kopech’s only blemishes came in the form of a single walk and hit. The 26-year-old also managed to lower his season ERA to 1.94 in the process.
AJ Pollock: 1-for-2, 2B (8), 2 RBI, run
Pollock opened the scoring against his former team by smoking a pinch-hit, two-run double down the right-field line. His clutch hit ended up being the difference-maker in this game.
Jose Abreu: 2-for-4, run scored
Though likely overlooked by many, the former AL MVP continues to get on base. Pito added to his hot stretch by turning in another multi-hit performance and scoring from first on Pollock’s double.
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