The Chicago White Sox defeated the Minnesota Twins, 13-0, at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Both teams now have 67 wins, with the White Sox (67-66) moving to 2 1⁄2 games back of the AL Central lead after being six games back on August 30. The Twins are a game-and-a-half back of the first-place Guardians.
Tyler Mahle took the hill for Minnesota after being reinstated from the 15-day IL. Mahle went two innings, giving up four earned runs on five hits.
Mahle used a four-pitch arsenal in his 37-pitch outing, using his 4-seamer 21 times. He lost velocity on every pitch, losing more than 2.5 mph on three of the four.
Mahle’s two innings looked like this:
Dylan Cease pitched a complete game, one-hit shutout in his 27th start of the year, allowing three baserunners during his nine innings of work.
Cease used three different pitches in his 103-pitch performance, throwing his slider and 4-seamer for a combined 91% of his pitches. He had a 56% CSW rate on his knuckle curve, getting four called strikes and a swing-and-miss from his nine knuckle curves.
Here are the numbers behind Cease’s one-hitter:
With runners on the corners, nobody out in the bottom of the first, White Sox first baseman José Abreu lined an RBI single to right to put Chicago ahead, 1-0.
The 1.59 LI on the play was the most in the game, reaching 0.04 LI by the bottom of the fourth inning in the blowout.
Mahle led all players with a 0.68 pLI in his two innings of work.
One batter after Abreu’s RBI single, Sox DH Eloy Jiménez cleared the bases with a three-run blast to right-center field.
The 425-foot bell-ringer added .146 WPA for the White Sox.
Cease and Jiménez were the only two players with >.100 WPA in tonight’s game. Cease’s .169 WPA from the hill narrowed out Jimenez’s .153 WPA.
Luckiest hit: White Sox shortstop Elvis Andrus hit a .120 xBA grand slam in the eighth to make the game 13-0.
Toughest out: Twins center fielder Gilberto Celestino hit a 102.9 mph, .680 xBA ground out in the top of the third.
Hardest hit: White Sox second baseman Romy González hit a 110.5 mph single in the bottom of the second.
Weakest contact: Andrus had a 65.1 mph ground out in the seventh inning.
Longest hit: Jimenez’s 425-foot blast went further than any other batted ball.
Magic Number: 2
Tonight was Dylan Cease’s second career shutout, and his first career nine-inning shutout and one-hitter.
Cease pitched seven shutout innings against the Tigers on April 29 of last year, as part of a doubleheader.
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 13-0 win against the Twins?
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Dylan Cease (W): SHO, H, 2 BB, 7 K, .169 WPA
Eloy Jiménez: 1-for-2, 3-RBI HR, BB, K, .153 WPA
Romy González: 3-for-4, 3-RBI HR, 2 R, .052 WPA
Elvis Andrus: 2-for-5, grand slam, 2 R, .024 WPA
Who was the White Sox Cold Cat in the 13-0 win against the Twins?
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