The Chicago White Sox picked up their 32nd win of the season after defeating the Toronto Blue Jays, 8-7, on Monday. The White Sox improved to 32-33, and move to 4 1⁄2 games back of the AL Central-leading Twins. The Blue Jays fell to 38-29.
Lance Lynn started for the White Sox, going five innings and giving up three earned runs on four hits and two walks while striking out five batters.
Lynn used a six-pitch arsenal in his 99-pitch outing, using his sinker a game-high 28 times. He saw the most CSW success with his slider, generating a 40% CSW rate. Lynn gained spin on all of his pitches compared to his first start of the season, last week.
Lynn’s 99-pitch outing looked like this:
José Berríos started for the Blue Jays, going four innings and giving up six earned runs on nine hits and one walk while striking out one batter.
Berríos used a four-pitch arsenal in his 72-pitch outing. He used his sinker 38 times. He had a 19% CSW rate on the night, more than 10 points lower than his season 29.3% CSW rate.
Berríos’ 72-pitch outing looked like this:
With one out and nobody on in the top of the ninth, Blue Jays center fielder George Springer grounded out to second.
The at-bat had an LI of 2.04, the most of any play during the game.
Springer also had a game-high pLI of 1.16.
With two outs and a runner on first in the bottom of the second, White Sox second baseman Josh Harrison homered to give Chicago a 3-2 lead. The home run added .224 WPA for the White Sox.
White Sox designated hitter Andrew Vaughn went 4-for-4 at the plate, amassing a game-high .217 WPA.
Luckiest hit: While having a 96.6 mph exit velo, Blue Jays first baseman Cavan Biggio’s seventh-inning double had an xBA of .350.
Toughest out: White Sox left fielder AJ Pollock’s seventh-inning line out had an xBA of .860, being hit just a tick slower than 100 mph.
Hardest hit: With nobody out and a runner on in the bottom of the third, White Sox center fielder Luis Robert hit a two-run homer to extend Chicago’s lead to 5-2. The dinger was hit 113.3 mph.
Weakest contact: Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette grounded out to second to end the game, dribbling out at just 49.3 mph.
Longest hit: Robert’s home run traveled 436 feet.
Magic Number: 16
The White Sox had 16 hard-hit balls against the Blue Jays tonight, 11 off of Berríos. Tim Anderson and Luis Robert both had four hard-hit balls, including two Robert barrels.
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