The White Sox have finally put together a winning streak and are now above .500 after sweeping the Texas Rangers out of Chicago Sunday on the South Side.
There was plenty of good to come out of this series, even if it was against one of the bottom-feeders in the AL West. Stalwarts like Jose Abreu and Yoan Moncada have shown signs of heating up offensively, and Andrew Vaughn has continued to take positive strides both with the bat and the glove in left field.
Add in strong pitching performances from the starting staff, and a little clutch hitting in Saturday night’s walk-off win, and you get a sweep, and a four-game winning streak.
Friday saw the offense bust out in a big way in the third, putting up a five-spot in the third off former Sox hurler Dane Dunning. Yermin Mercedes also impressed with a 4-for-4 night, including a 2-run double to break a 6-6 tie after the Rangers came back to tie the game. Moncada added a bit of insurance with a solo homer in the 8th to give the ‘pen a bit of breathing room.
Saturday’s game proved to be a pitcher’s duel, with Dallas Keuchel tossing six shutout innings. The offense didn’t offer much support, getting their first run via a bases-loaded wild pitch in the sixth. Liam Hendriks wasn’t able to save it in the ninth, allowing a solo home run in the top of the ninth, but Nick Madrigal got yet another two-strike hit, this time with Luis Robert on 2nd base to earn the walk-off win.
Sunday’s game featured Michael Kopech getting the start in place of Lucas Giolito, who was out with a cut finger he suffered trying to open a glass bottle. But Kopech was very impressive, throwing five dominant innings, striking out 10 Texas hitters, and only allowing a solo home run among four hits allowed. He walked no one.
The offense jumped on the Rangers early again, putting up 8 runs in the first three innings of the game. Abreu hit a two-run homer in the first to kick-start the party for the offense. Madrigal continued his hot streak at the dish with a two-run triple in the 3rd inning. And Zack Collins quietly went 3-for-4 on the day as well.
After an off-day on Monday, the Motor City Kitties come to town for a three-game set, with Giolito set to get the ball on Tuesday night to open a three-game set against a team the Sox went 9-1 against in 2020.