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White Sox Avoid Sweep Against Cubs

Okay, I know it’s been a while since I wrote about our Chicago White Sox (college had me busy) but let’s get it out the way, the White Sox are playing terrible… and that’s good!

With that being said, the White Sox have the worst record in baseball with a 10-27 record after losing 2 out of 3 against the crosstown rival, the Chicago Cubs.

Let’s get back on track with what we do best and examine the positive and negatives from the crosstown series between for the White Sox!

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Positives: Yes, somehow after losing 7 straight, there are some positives to see from the White Sox. The first one is obvious, the White Sox avoided the sweep against the Cubs on Sunday. The bats came to life with Matt Davidson leading the way with a 2-3 performance with 2 RBIs. Matt Davidson hit a solo home run in the 2nd inning, giving him a total of 11 for the year. Davidson later drove in another run in the 6th with a sacrifice fly, giving him a total of 24 for the year. Yolmer Sanchez, Nicky Delmonico, and Leury Garcia also contributed to Sunday’s win by driving in a combined 3 runs.

Staying with Davidson, he had quite the series. Davidson went 1-3 with one walk and 3 RBIs on Saturday. Davidson drove in his 3 RBIs with a 3 run home run in the 8th. On Friday, Davidson went 0-2 but had 2 walks. Going 0-2 isn’t great but drawing two walks is always impressive.

Other notable players during the series: Jose Abreu went 5-12 with 2 RBIs and 1 walk during the series. Tim Anderson went hitless, going 0-9 with 4 walks.

Lucas Giolito was able to hold off the Cubs to two hits in 5.2 innings of work, despite allowing 7 walks. The 7 walks bring Giolito’s total to 32 for the year. Giolito’s final stat line: 5.2 IP, 2 hits, 3 ER, 7 Walks and 3 strikeouts. (1 more out and Giolito would’ve had a quality start) Giolito’s ERA for the season is a 6.91.

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Jace Fry continues his scoreless streak as he pitched 1.1 innings during the series. Fry has pitched 5 innings without giving up a run. Fry was called up from Triple-A Charlotte on May 4 and has been great for the White Sox. Hopefully, Jace can keep this up throughout the whole season.

Negatives: Of course with the worst team in baseball, there’s a lot of negatives that can be seen. One of the negatives for the White Sox during the series (and throughout the season) is the pitching. James Shields and Carson Fulmer struggled in their starts. On Friday, Fulmer was unable to get out of the second inning as he only went 1.2 innings, allowing 5 earned runs, 3 hits, 4 walks with 3 strikeouts. His ERA is now 6.23 for the year. On Saturday, James Shields was able to go 6 innings but allowed 5 earned runs on 7 hits, 3 walks, and 4 strikeouts. Shields’s start was better than Fulmer’s but it’s not saying much. Considering that Shields role as a member of the White Sox is to eat up a lot of innings, it’s great to see that he is doing that. Shields has pitched 48 innings this season, the most on the White Sox. (Reynaldo Lopez is 2nd with 44.1 IP)

The bats were silent on Friday and Saturday as well. On Friday, the White Sox were only able to score 2 runs. Daniel Palka and Jose Abreu were responsible for the two runs as Palka had an RBI double and Abreu with an RBI single. Saturday, the South Siders were only able to score 4 runs with efforts from Jose Abreu and Matt Davidson. Abreu had an RBI groundout while Davidson hit a 3-run home run. The Sox left a combine 36 runners during Friday’s and Saturday’s game. The offense has been struggling all year and it doesn’t help that Avisail Garcia and Yoan Moncada are on the DL. It’s not clear when Avisail Garcia will return but Yoan Moncada is set to return against the Pirates on Tuesday.

The White Sox travel to Pittsburgh for a two-game series against the Pirates. Reynaldo Lopez and Carson Fulmer are expected to pitch during the two-game series.

Just remember White Sox fans: Relax, watch the prospects grow and hope for the future. The future is bright for the South Side!

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