The White Sox won their second in a row, defeating Michael Pineda and the Twins, 6-1, with Lance Lynn and Tim Anderson leading the way to victory this afternoon in Minnesota. The “Big Bastard” made another strong case to why he was selected to this year's All-Star Game, and Anderson made an even stronger case for why he was robbed. Anderson walked away from today’s game with four hits, one walk, and an RBI.
As a whole, the team collected 15 hits, with additional multiple-hit performances coming from Billy Hamilton. Leury García, Brian Goodwin, Jake Burger, and Adam Engel. This was Engel’s first game back from the injured list, so it’s nice to see him start where he left off. This was also Jake Burger's third multi-hit game in his first four since being called up. Burgatron is truly the most inspiring story of the year!
Minnesota’s offense had a hard time against Lynn. The Twins collected six hits, three walks, and one run – but only four of those hits came against Lynn. Chicago’s bullpen was equally as solid. Ryan Burr, Garrett Crochet, José Ruiz and Codi Heuer blanked the Twins after Lynn’s departure. Heuer gave up two hits, but Crochet came in to clean it up.
The White Sox are now 51-35 and have a 7 1⁄2 -game lead in the American League Central, 7-3 in their last 10 games. Cleveland sits in the 2-spot, at 42-41 on the year.
The White Sox take the day off tomorrow. Dallas Keuchel aims to bounce back after a poor start in Detroit, as the club heads to Baltimore to finish up the first half against Orioles.