The Chicago White Sox defeated the Cleveland Guardians, 2-1, at Progressive Field. The White Sox move to 43-45, five games behind the Twins for first in the AL Central. The Guardians drop to 43-44, 4 1⁄2 games behind Minnesota.
Lucas Giolito took the mound for the White Sox. He went 6 1⁄3 innings, being charged with an unearned run on five hits and a walk while striking out five.
Giolito used a three-pitch arsenal in his 91-pitch start. He lost velocity on all three pitches, but gained vertical break on his 4-seamer and his slider while maintaining break on his changeup.
Giolito’s 91-pitch outing looked like this:
Aaron Civale pitched the top of the first for the Guardians before leaving the game with a sore right wrist. Civale pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits and recording a strikeout.
Civale used five different pitches in his 20-pitch first inning. He gained velocity on his entire arsenal, ranging from a 0.8 mph increase on his sinker to a 1.9 mph increase on his slider.
Here’s Civale’s one-inning breakdown:
With two on, two out in the bottom of the seventh, Guardians center fielder Myles Straw grounded out to second to end the inning and keep the score at 2-1, White Sox.
The at-bat had a game-high 3.69 LI.
White Sox reliever Reynaldo López totaled 3.43 pLI while pitching in the bottom of the seventh.
López kept the White Sox in the lead, 2-1, fighting through an error that scored Cleveland’s only run.
With two on and nobody out in the top of the sixth, White Sox first baseman José Abreu hit an RBI double to right field to break a scoreless tie.
The two-bagger added .182 WPA for the White Sox.
Giolito added .271 WPA for Chicago in his 6 1⁄3 innings of work.
Luckiest hit: White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson’s seventh-inning single had a .130 xBA.
Toughest out: White Sox left fielder Eloy Jiménez barreled a .690 xBA fly out to right to end the top of the first.
Hardest hit: White Sox center fielder Luis Robert had the game’s top three exit velocities. His seventh-inning single was hit 111.6 mph.
Weakest contact: Abreu’s fourth inning ground out was hit 44.8 mph.
Longest hit: Guardians second baseman Owen Miller had the game’s only other barrel, sending a double 375 feet into right to lead off the bottom of the third.
Magic Number: 3
Luis Robert had three batted balls in tonight’s game that were hit harder than 103 mph.
Robert finished in the top 2% of the league in max exit velocity in his first two seasons, and is currently in the top 4% for 2022.
Hard-hit is any ball off the bat at 95 mph or more
LI measures pressure per play
pLId measures total pressure faced in-game
Whiff a swing-and-miss
WPA win probability added measures contributions to the win
xBA expected batting average
Who was the White Sox MVP in the 2-1 win against the Guardians?
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Lucas Giolito (W): 6.1 IP, 0 ER, 5 H, BB, 5 K, .271 WPA
Liam Hendriks (S): 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K, .192 WPA
Kendall Graveman (H): 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K, .138 WPA
José Abreu: 2-for-4, RBI, .128 WPA
Luis Robert: 3-for-4, R, K, .099 WPA
Yoán Moncada: 1-for-2, R, 2 BB, .078 WPA
Reynaldo López (H): 0.2 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, .037 WPA
Who was the White Sox Cold Cat in the 2-1 win against the Guardians?
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Eloy Jiménez: 0-for-3, 2 K, -.135 WPA
AJ Pollock: 0-for-4, -.090 WPA
Seby Zavala: 0-for-4, 2 K, -.090 WPA
Tim Anderson: 1-for-4, K, -.076 WPA (Throwing error)
Josh Harrison: 1-for-4, K, .020 WPA (Fielding error)