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Gamethread: Tigers at White Sox

South Siders try to make it three straight behind the live-wire arm of Reynaldo López

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MLB: Game Two-Detroit Tigers at Chicago White Sox
Final push: After homering from both sides of the plate in Wednesday’s nightcap win, Yoán Moncada is making his best case for inclusion as an All-Star Game injury replacement.
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A doubleheader to remember precedes the final game of this series against the Motor City Kitties. Dylan Cease made his grand entrance in yesterday’s opener, the nightcap then being held afloat by Yoán Moncada’s monster home run in the bottom of the 10th and later polished off with a José Abreu walk-off home run, resulting in a thrilling 9-6 victory.

Also, I want to give a shot-out to Billy, a security dog I had the pleasure of meeting on Tuesday night at Guaranteed Rate Field. After I was allowed a few pets, I can say he’s a certified Hard Working Good Boy. Working on Independence Day especially warrants a high rating. 14/10, even.

Today’s pitching matchup is actually the one we were promised on Tuesday before that monsoon rolled in, nearly washing out the Kraft Kave where Yours Truly was taking shelter from the torrential downpour that turned the warning track into a lazy river.

Lefty Matthew Boyd (5-6, 3.72 ERA) takes the hill for Les Tigres. Boyd is a strikeout pitcher that is currently seventh in the AL in that category. However, Boyd’s June was particularly rough; along with chalking up a 5.90 ERA, he’s given up 10 home runs in his last five starts.

In a start on April 28th, the Good Guys handed Boyd a loss where he gave up two runs on five hits; in that game, José Abreu singled twice. Interestingly enough, Abreu’s line against Boyd is .500/.500/.792 lifetime.

Leading the Pale Hose to the land of .500 is Reynaldo López (4-7, 6.12 ERA). On April 28, ReyLo secured the win by limiting the Tigers to one run, and striking out a season-high 14 batters.

On television, you can catch today’s 1:10 p.m. game at NBC Sports Chicago; if radio’s more your thing, tune into WGN 720.

For those out-of-market, today’s game is also streaming on ESPN+. If you subscribe using our custom ESPN+ link, a few coins will drop into the South Side Sox tip jar.