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White Sox 6, Rays 5: Early Offensive Surge Leads to Series Win

by Joe Binder
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An offensive power surge in the early going carried the White Sox to a series win in Tampa.

Jake Burger opened the scoring with a two-run double in the first inning, and the rest of the bats followed to knock Rays’ starter Ryan Yarbrough out in the second with a six-run advantage. Though Lucas Giolito appeared sharp to begin, a four-run sixth for Tampa Bay made this game a nail-bitter for its remainder. Luckily, the trio of Aaron Bummer, Kendall Graveman, and Liam Hendriks were lights out to finish off the weekend affair.

With the victory, the White Sox improve to 25-27. They now sit in third place, a half-game behind the Cleveland Guardians and five games behind the Minnesota Twins.

W: Lucas Giolito (4-2) | L: Ryan Yarbrough (0-3) | S: Liam Hendriks (16)

StatCast Breakdown

Box Score

Offensive Recap:

Pitching Recap:

White Sox Scoring Recap:

  • Top 2nd: Andrew Vaughn doubles (8) on a fly ball to right field. Josh Harrison scores. CWS 5, TB 0.
  • Top 2nd: Luis Robert singles on a line drive to left field. Andrew Vaughn scores. CWS 6, TB 0.

Notable Performances

Andrew Vaughn: 3-for-5, 2 2B (8) 1 RBI, 2 runs

Vaughn continued to torch the ball, smoking two doubles within the first two innings to ignite the offense in the early-going.

Luis Robert: 3-for-5, 2B (5) RBI

Robert had a quietly solid day at the plate, tying Vaughn for the team’s lead in hits on the day. He also added an RBI double in the second for his fifth of the season.

Jake Burger: 2-for-5, 2 2B (5), 2 RBI, run

Burger’s timely hits continued as he helped open the scoring with a big two-run double in the first inning.

Kendall Graveman: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

Graveman was lethal in the eighth inning, striking out the side to set things up perfectly for Liam Hendriks in the ninth.

Next Game

The White Sox have an off day on Monday before returning home for a three-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Right-handed flamethrower Michael Kopech is set to get the nod in game one on Tuesday. The action gets started at 7:10 PM CT over on NBC Sports Chicago.

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Featured Photo: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

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