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Six Pack of Stats: White Sox 3, Athletics 2

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The numbers behind the White Sox’s first victory over the Athletics this season

Close call: The White Sox survived a late rally to pull out the victory.


By wins probability added, Reynaldo López was tonight’s MVP. According to FanGraphs, he added .344 wins for the White Sox with his excellent performance. López pitched six and one-third innings without allowing any runs.


The White Sox allowed only one extra base hit (a double) tonight, and it wasn’t until the top of the ninth with two outs. This is an excellent way to win a game, which the Sox did.


Since the All-Start break, López has an ERA of 2.13. In that span of six games, he has had four quality starts. The two that were not quality starts met the earned run requirement (three or less) but just missed the innings requirement (he lasted five and one-third innings in those, but six are necessary).


Clinging to a 2-0 lead, Jon Jay made an outstanding catch to rob Chad Pinder of extra bases with the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh. When he did this, the White Sox’s odds of winning the game improved from 77.2% to 89.0%, an increase of 11.8%. Had Jay failed to make this play, the White Sox’s odds of winning the game would have plummeted, as at least two runs would have scored.


After stealing two bases in the third inning (and advancing home on a throwing error), Leury García has 14 stolen bases this season in 18 attempts (77.8% success rate). His baserunning led to the first run of the game for either side, and the White Sox never looked back.


The home run by Eloy Jiménez traveled 410 feet to right-center field. It left the bat at 107.4 mph with a launch angle of 24 degrees. The blast gave the White Sox an insurance run, as it put them up by a score of 2-0. It was Eloy’s 19th home run of the season and his second in 13 games since returning from injury.