The White Sox, fighting to get back into this race, have won five of their last seven series.
Michael Kopech was on one once again, building off of his last start against the Kansas City Royals. Kopech went seven innings of scoreless baseball, shutting down the Guardians with nine strikeouts and only allowing two hits. The bullpen stayed hot again, as Reynaldo Lopez and Jimmy Lambert nailed down the final innings.
The Sox offense tallied six runs in the ball game today. Tim Anderson opened the scoring for the White Sox with an RBI single that scored Clint Frazier. Then the game was blown open in the top of the fourth. Cal Quantril, the starter for the Guardians, struggled with his command in the inning, and it came back to bite him. Quantril walked Yoan Moncada, gave up a single to Andrew Vaughn, and then surrendered another walk to Gavin Sheets. That loaded the bases for Jake Burger, who hit a sac fly to make the score 2-0. But the runs did not stop there. Clint Frazier singled, and then Romy Gonzalez doubled to score Vaughn and Sheets to extend the lead to 4-0. A wild pitch brought home run number five, and Seby Zavala tallied the sixth run on a sac fly.
With the win, the White Sox move to 21-30, and win the series against Cleveland.
W: Michael Kopech (3-4) | L: Cal Quantril (2-3)
White Sox Scoring Recap
- Top 2nd: Tim Anderson singles to center field. Clint Frazier scores. 1-0 White Sox
- Top 4th: Jake Burger hits a sac fly to right field. Yoan Moncada scores. 2-0 White Sox
- Top 4th: Romy Gonzalez doubles (2) to right field. Andrew Vaughn and Gavin Sheets score. 4-0 White Sox
- Top 4th: Romy Gonzalez scores on a wild pitch. 5-0 White Sox
- Top 4th: Seby Zavala hit a sac fly to left field. Romy Gonzalez scores. 6-0 White Sox
Michael Kopech: 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K
What a day from Kopech! He was absolutely lights-out again in this one. Kopech built off of last week’s start in which he was near perfect. Kopech had life on his fastball all day. Similar to the last start, he was efficient, getting ahead of hitters all afternoon.
Other Game Highlights
The Sox will head to Detroit to continue this stretch against the AL Central. Tomorrow’s first pitch will be at 5:40 CT.
Lucas Giolito will take the ball in the series opener, and coverage will be on NBC Sports Chicago.
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