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South Side Sluggers; White Sox vs Pirates

The White Sox traveled to Pittsburgh for a 2-game set against the Pittsburgh Pirates. In their previous 2 meetings in Chicago (May 8th and 9th), the Pirates swept the White Sox.

These were the results for the series in Pittsburgh:

Tuesday: White Sox 0 Pirates 7

Wednesday: White Sox 2 Pirates 3

Let’s take a look at the positives and negatives from this series for the White Sox.

Positives: It may be hard to find any positives for the White Sox on Tuesday but I was really impressed with the 7 hits that the Sox had. Jose Abreu went 2-4 at the plate, raising his batting average to .290 for the season. For his first game back from the DL, Yoan Moncada went 1-4. Chris Beck had a very impressive outing from the bullpen as he went 3.2 innings allowing no hits and striking out 3. On Wednesday, Hector Santiago was the starting pitcher (originally scheduled was Carson Fulmer) and was very brilliant. Santiago went 5 innings, allowing 2 runs on 2 hits. Jace Fry pitched one inning, allowing no hits, no runs while striking out 2. The offense improved from Tuesday, however, it wasn’t a huge improvement. The Sox were able to score two runs against the Pirates. Leury Garcia and Yolmer Sanchez each hit solo home runs for the two runs. With their home runs, Garcia and Sanchez have a total of two home runs each for the season.

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Negatives: On Tuesday, Reynaldo Lopez had a bad outing which is a rarity because he is a consistent pitcher. Lopez went 2 innings, allowing 6 runs on 7 hits. This was Lopez’s first start that he was unable to go at least 5 innings. Staying with Tuesday’s game, the White Sox’s offense was unable to score a run as they were shutout, 7-0. Although the offense was able to get seven hits, they left 17 runners on base. On Wednesday, Joakim Soria allowed one run to give the Pirates a 3-2 lead and eventually the win. It was very disappointing to see the Sox give up the run and not give enough run support for Hector Santiago. Santiago was brilliant for a pitcher that isn’t a starter. The offense only scored twice which is was not enough to give Santiago the win. The Sox ended the season series against the Pirates with a 0-4 record. The White Sox are now 10-29 for the year.

The White Sox return to Chicago for a 8-game home stand against the Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles. Keep having faith, White Sox fans! Let’s hope the South Siders can get it going during this home stand. Go White Sox!

 

 

 

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