Lance Lynn, of the 1-1, 4.91 ERA, 1.55 WHIP in two earlier games against the White Sox Lynns, utterly suffocated Chicago on two hits and a walk over 7 1⁄3 innings, adding nine Ks just for good measure. Dude who entered play tonight with a 4.89 ERA and 1.61 WHIP carved an incredible 87 game score to cruise to victory.
One of the two hits off of Lynn came in the first inning, a squibber to shortstop that Didi Gregorious couldn’t find the ears on. The White Sox got two runners on in the first, but never came close to mounting a true rally in the game.
The good news, at least for the 6 1⁄3 innings of Dylan Covey’s start, was that the White Sox managed to keep the game relatively close. Covey wasn’t outstanding, but his 55 game score indicates an above-average start.
Of course, Covey was saved from early disaster in the second inning, in the form of three earned runs, by this masterpiece from Adam Engel:
Thyago Vieira was not so lucky, pitching one inning and getting tagged for three runs, on two home runs, a solo shot from Gleyber Torres and a two-run blast from Neil Walker, escorting the game from a 4-0 deficit to a 7-0 blowout.
Given the runaway nature of the game, Matt Davidson strode to the mound to take the ninth inning. The spell the third baseman had cast on the majors — six up, six down — was dashed, but Davidson nonetheless escaped with another scoreless inning, giving up just a walk to Gregorious and single to Aaron Hicks. Before the Yankees threatened, Davidson got leadoff hitter Brett Gardner on a comebacker to the mound, then whiffed Giancarlo Stanton.
On offense, well, there wasn’t much to report.
After Palka’s infield single in the first, Chicago took seven innings to notch a second hit, a dribbler to right from Nicky Delmonico that led off the eighth. Yolmer Sánchez doubled down the right-field line to lead off the ninth, and that was it.
Now, if you’re looking for negative offensive notes, yeah, there were some. Yoán Moncada hit leadoff and whiffed three times on an 0-for-4 night, while Avisaíl García took an 0-for-3 with two Ks.
The White Sox attempt to mount their next winning winning streak tomorrow night, with Reynaldo López taking on C.C. Sabathia.