Matt Davidson, getting a rare start at third base and clocking his first home run of the month (17th of the year), was the game MVP, with a .25 WPA.
In the top of the sixth, Davidson was ruled out at second base on a Nicky Delmonico ground ball. Yolmer Sánchez weighed in and offered his expertise to the umps during the review, and the call was overturned, keeping the inning alive for the Chicago White Sox. That makes Sánchez 1-for-1 on replay reviews so far this season.
After notching his first save of his career earlier this month, Luis Avilán notched his second in Wednesday’s game. His second career save places him third on the team for 2018, behind Joakim Soria (16) and Nate Jones (four).
Avilán earned the hell out of his second career save, facing monumental leverage over the course of his four batters (4.58 pLI). The lefty came on with the bases full and one out in the bottom of the ninth, let two runs score (fielder’s choice, single), but left the mound having recorded the 27th out, with the White Sox on top.
The White Sox farm system is ranked No. 3 in baseball according to MLB Pipeline, and includes seven of baseball’s Top 100 prospects: Eloy Jiménez (No. 3), Michael Kopech (13), Luis Robert (25), Nick Madrigal (32), Dylan Cease (44), Dane Dunning (64) and Blake Rutherford (88).
With six strikeouts Wednesday vs. the Detroit Tigers, Carlos Rodón now has 447 through the first 78 games of his career — the most all-time of any White Sox pitcher.
Which brings to our attention this item in today’s game notes, before Rodón’s start:
South Side Sox is an avid user of White Sox game notes, which is an invaluable resource for information and trivia on the team. But we’ve gotta throw the flag on flubbing the names of both Jason Bere and Ken Kravec. [Memo to delightful White Sox media relations maven Bob Beghtol: Please don’t shoot the messenger.]