The Chicago White Sox DEMOLISHED the Minnesota Twins for back-to-back wins in this shortened, three-game series. You mess with our ace, we are just going to add to our win column and keep you buried in last place in the division.
Dylan Cease had a quality start this evening! Through six innings, he gave up three hits (two home runs), two runs, and three walks. He did strike out seven batters.
His 94 pitches are summarized like this:
I’m not much into betting, but if I was, I would have bet the “Ober” for runs given up; Bailey Ober had a rather rough outing, and his relief did not do any better (Josh Donaldson might want to look at his own team’s transition from sticky substances to none before coming after a different team). Ober went 3 1⁄3 innings, where he gave up four hits (three were home runs), five runs, and two walks. He did strike out three.
His 80 pitches break down like this:
With a 4-1 score in the top of the fourth, Alex Kirilloff reached on a fielder’s choice, which put runners on the corners with two outs. Dylan Cease immediately recorded the third out after that 2.05 LI play.
After an 0-for-3 night with two strikeouts, Alex Kirilloff cooked under 0.72 pLI.
Andrew Vaughn, so far known to crush lefties but struggle against righties, hit a no-doubter, two-run bomb in the second against Ober, a righty.
Andrew Vaughn’s 2-for-3 night with two runs scored and three RBIs accumulated a .210 WPA, which awards Andrew today’s top performer award!
Hardest hit: Top of the sixth, Nelson Cruz launched Minnesota’s second solo shot of the day, for only their second run of the game. With a 1.000 xBA, this ball was crushed at 110.9 mph, but it only counted for a singular run.
Weakest contact: Alex Kirilloff’s force out in the fourth left his bat at 43.3 mph.
Luckiest hit: Yoán Moncada recorded an infield single in the fifth that left his bat at 60.4 mph with a .240 xBA.
Toughest out: In his first at-bat of the night, Yasmani Grandal smoked a 108.2 mph line out, which is expected to be a hit 31% of the time.
Longest hit: Cruz’s blast went 453 feet. Yasmani’s second home run of the night was crushed 447 feet to right field.
Magic Number: 1
A little corny, but the first of many to come:
Hard-hit is any ball off the bat at 95 mph or more
LI measures pressure per play
pLI measures total pressure faced in game
Whiff a swing-and-miss
WPA win probability added measures contributions to the win
xBA expected batting average
Which White Sox player made the "[bringer of] rain" go away?
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Dylan Cease: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 7SO, 2 HR
Yasmani Grandal: 2-for-5, 2 R, 5 RBI, 1 SO
Andrew Vaughn: 2-for-3, 2 R, 3 RBI
José Abreu: 1-for-3, 3 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 1 SO
Gavin Sheets: 2-for-4, 1 R, 2 RBI
Brian Goodwin: 1-for-3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Which White Sox player was a cool cat this evening?
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Tim Anderson: 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 SO
Yoán Moncada: 1-for-5, 1 R, 3 LOB
Leury García: 1-for-4, 1 SO, 1 LOB
Zack Burdi: 1.0 IP, 1 R, 1 HR
South Side Sox Roll Call
Was SSS all at the ballgame? I know tomorrow a lot of staff will be. Anyway, maybe this was such a laffer we didn’t get a ton of volume (195 comments). AnoHito cruised in this one.
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Perhaps even MORE surprising, NO green, and just one comment earned two recs. It was sort of a cheapie, RSWS, but let’s award it the crown, anyway: