In back-to-back nights, the Chicago White Sox have come back in the game and have scored the eventual winning run in the seventh off of the bat of José Abreu!
With a two-game mini-sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers, the South Siders improve to 7-4 overall and will travel back to the South Side for their two home games against the Brewers. As the team travels back to Chicago, travel through this game and see why the White Sox are going to be some happy campers on their trip back home:
Lucas Giolito proves once again why he is the ace of the staff. With very shaky control in the first inning, he pitched around a few baserunners and escaped his worst inning, scorelessly. He went on to pitch six innings. He scattered four hits and three walks, and he only allowed two earned runs via the home run. He punched out nine, and his ERA dipped down to 5.17. Back-to-back quality starts for Lucas, and he finally earns his first win of the year!
Brandon Woodruff rivaled Lucas’s numbers. He also pitched six innings. He allowed eight hits and one walk, while striking out six. Just like Lucas, the only runs Woodruff gave up was via the two-run long ball. Woodruff proved why he is the ace in Milwaukee, but I like Gio as mine.
The last out of a ballgame is the most important out, so understandably this time around, the 27th out was the highest pressure play by far tonight. After earning two quick outs, Alex Colomé gave up back-to-back hits. Alex induced a 8.36 LI ground out to Ben Gamel, with ducks on the pond and two outs. Alex’s three saves have not been easy, but he is 3-for-3; at the end of the day, that’s what counts.
With a slim 3-2 lead, Colomé’s save opportunity afforded Alex the second-most pressure of anyone during this ballgame (4.58 pLI). But as the stats will tell, Orlando Arcia faced the highest game pressure at 7.34 pLI. Someone who came in as a pinch-runner faced the most pressure in this game. Huh. With two outs and runners on the corners, Arcia stole second with ease ... I mean ... with a lot of pressure on his shoulders. Score one for the old school with tonight’s “pressure cooker.”
Eloy Jiménez cranked a no-doubt two-run .221 WPA homer to center field, tying the game at two in the sixth!
The dropped bat was incredible, and the distance was impeccable (428 feet)!
Leapfrogging to the fifth spot in the lineup surged Eloy to tonight’s MVP honors! Well, his crucial game-tying home run did, but this home run might not have occurred if Eloy was batting sixth. His total .238 WPA is given based off of his 3-for-4 night, tallying two RBIs.
Magic Number: 2
The Good Guys have swept back-to-back series, and they have come back to win the last two ballgames they have played. Oh yeah, only two other teams in the American League have a record better than the White Sox!
Let’s go for lucky win no. 7 (in a row) tomorrow!