After dropping the series opener in a game they should have won when the Tigers committed *FIVE* errors and getting rained out Wednesday, the White Sox took both ends of a doubleheader to take 2 out of 3 from the Tigers heading into a 3 game weekend set with Cleveland.
In the opener on Tuesday, the Tigers gave the Sox more than ample opportunities to take the lead and then expand on it, as the visitors committed errors in each of the first five innings of the game. However, in four of those innings, the Sox would ground into double plays to kill rallies.
Lucas Giolito pitched well, but ran out of gas in the 7th and the Tigers got to him for three runs before LaRussa realized Giolito was gassed. The White Sox were unable to recapture the momentum and dropped the game 5-2.
Wednesday was a washout, setting up a Thursday twinbill, and the Sox got yet another stellar outing from Carlos Rodon, who may have cemented the AL Pitcher of the Month award. He went six strong innings, only allowing one run on two hits and striking out a career-high 12 Detroit hitters. He finished the first month of the season with a 4-0 record and a 0.75 ERA over 25 innings pitched. He’s fanned 36 hitters and only walked 9. He’s one of just five pitchers to start a season with 4 or more wins, 35+ K’s with a sub-2 ERA in the modern era. Put simply, Rodon has been dominating.
Liam Hendriks covered the 7th for his fifth save of the season as the Sox moved to three games above .500 on the year.
In the nightcap, the Dylan Cease finally broke through, and threw his first shutout in the big leagues, going all seven innings, scattering three hits, walking no one, and striking out 9. It was by far his best outing, and the Sox offense gave him more than ample support, pounding out 15 hits and scoring 11 runs to turn the game into a blowout. Yoan Moncada hit a three-run homer, and Yermin Mercedes added another long home run deep into the batter’s eye for his fifth dinger of the season.
Andrew Vaughn is showing signs of getting hot by going 3-for-4 and bumping his average up to .273 on the season. He also added 3 runs batted in in the blowout.
The Sox improved to 14-10 on the year, and more impressively, are 8-4 at home so far. They’ll get another crack at Shane Bieber on Friday but this time, the Sox will counter with Dallas Keuchel on the bump.