White Sox 10, Astros 1: No longer winless against Houston, and how

White Sox win

While 34,000 White Sox fans had little to cheer about leaving Friday night’s 7-1 loss to the Astros, they came into the park with refreshed spirits thanks to Lance Lynn’s two-year contract extension announced this morning.

The White Sox dugout figured out how to recirculate those good vibes. Lucas Giolito threw another complete-game gem against an Astros offense that had tormented the White Sox offense over the first five games of the season series. He was backed by a White Sox offense that posted more homers (five) than Houston had hits (three). The combination pleased a raucous crowd for what could be the most satisfying victory of the year, at least among regular-season games.

The White Sox needed a couple innings to get it going, but once they started against Jake Odorizzi and the Houston bullpen, they didn’t stop. My initial plans were spoiled by Fox airing Yankees-Red Sox in my market instead of this game, so I had to play catch-up. Here are the bullet points, but feel free to add any details I might’ve missed while speeding pitch to pitch.

*Zack Collins and Tim Anderson went back-to-back on back-to-back pitches in the third inning with a pair of drives off Jake Odorizzi that barely cleared the wall. The subsequent runs would be more convincing.

*An inning later, Gavin Sheets came a couple feet from the White Sox’s third opposite-field homer with one out, followed by Jake Burger doubling him home. Anderson muscled an opposite-field single to make it 4-0.

*A third consecutive two-run frame followed in the fifth, as Leury García’s leadoff walk led to a two-run homer by Sheets on an 0-2 fastball.

*How about a fourth consecutive crooked number? The Sox scored three in the sixth when Tim Anderson greeted Joe Smith with a double, then advanced to third with some shift-exploiting baserunning on Yoán Moncada’s infield single. Both trotted home on José Abreu’s thunderous blast to left.

*Burger capped the scoring in the seventh with his first career homer on an Austin Pruitt two-seam fastball he redirected over the White Sox bullpen in left, 456 feet away from home plate at 115.2 mph.

*The only bummer was that Giolito couldn’t preserve the shutout. He gave up his own cheap opposite-field homer, with Abraham Toro putting it into the first row in left field, but it’s a lot easier to absorb when it’s a solo shot while leading by 10.

*The Toro homer was the first hit Giolito allowed since the second batter of the first inning. He also allowed a single to Jose Altuve in the ninth, but he mitigated the damage of the other hits. He needed just 107 pitches to get through the game, relying mostly on a fastball the entire way. The 17 whiffs don’t jump off the page, but he struck out eight, and most the contact as soft as well.

*Brian Goodwin made a fine running catch in front of a diving Billy Hamilton in right center.

*García was thrown out trying to take second on a fly ball in the second inning, which was the last offensive setback the Sox faced.

Record: 55-36 | Box score | Statcast

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GrinnellSteve

I’m on the road and missed all of the action. I hope it’s a prelude to a better game (more Sox homers, fewer Houston runs) tomorrow because I’ll be there.

Jason

Please give us that Cy Young act all second half Gio.

tbsoxfan

I think it’s time for Jake Burger to move out of “Heartwarming story” territory. The guy is not only OPSing 1.164, but playing elite 3B defense (albeit in a small sample) and running 73rd percentile sprint speeds. He’s a legit player who should get some looks at 2B for this season and be considered a real part of the Sox’ future

jhomeslice

Yeah, they would be crazy to send him back down for Lamb. He has so much more value, as does Sheets imo. Sheets can’t hit lefties, but his OPS vs righties is over 1. I can’t see Lamb having more value to them than either.

jorgefabregas

All 3 his balls in play were over 100 mph today—we like to see it

Brett R. Bobysud

There’s likely gonna be regression coming with both him and Sheets (a 216 wRC+ isn’t sustainable), but until that happens, there’s really no reason to send either of them back to Charlotte.

I wonder if maybe they’ll option Mendick down to AAA when Eloy is ready to come back to the majors. It’s a risk because until they trade for a 2nd basemen, Leury is your starter there, so you’d essentially be operating without a utility infielder if you send Mendick down. However, doing that means you don’t have to sacrifice Sheets until Robert is potentially ready next month.

Can they just keep Lamb down in Charlotte for a while, or do they have to call him up at some point?

Last edited 2 years ago by Brett R. Bobysud
Right_Engel

Position players can spend up to 20 days on a rehab assignment, so Lamb could technically stay with Charlotte through 8/4. It’ll be interesting to see how the Sox handle him, Sheets, and Burger. He merits a roster spot (113 wRC+) but seems almost redundant at the moment.

I’ve wondered about Mendick’s role going forward as well. With the Sox OF depth and Leury as the regular 2B (for now), Mendick’s usefulness comes down to whether Burger can handle 2B, at least every once in a while. If he can, then the Sox would have backups at 2B, SS, and 3B. If a 2B/SS/3B got hurt, Mendick could hop on a plane, but otherwise, he wouldn’t justify a roster spot right now.

When Eloy returns, the Sox could option Reynaldo if they’re willing to use an 8-man BP. If not, then it could be Mendick (and a 2B trade would definitely cost him his spot). Burger would be the other apparent option, if the Sox weren’t comfortable with him at 2B. He’d be blocked for consistent PT.

jose robcada

Yeah they were playing the cardinals vs giants in my market. Was disappointing to miss this one

Man sheets and burger are really improving their trade value this year, I could def see a trade partner getting pretty excited to have either one for 6 years. Would love to hear who you would least like to give up, I would personally like to keep burger I think he’s gotta more versatility to spell moncada 1st dh and if your gonna make one of them play rf I feel like his athletic profile would fit it better than sheets if he was given time to get ready for it. Gotta admit tho I have been a bit of a fanboy and rooting for him ever since seeing him in spring training 3 years ago so maybe I’m biased

ParisSox

Not accentuated – Anderson is on absolute fire!

This was the funnest game I’ve watched in years. The rookies too! Sheets, Burger, Collins all homering. While the best of the bunch Vaughn had a frustrating 0-5 as he just missed barreling up a couple of homers it seemed.

Willardmarshall

Much-maligned farm system produces a couple of overachievers…..

Richard

I was at the game last night and had a good view of the White Sox dugout. I noticed that Giolito does not sit down when the Sox are at bat. He is like a caged animal, wondering all around the dugout and not talking to anyone. Other pitchers may do this but I have not seen it.

jhomeslice

Great to see Giolito look like… Giolito. Both Gio and Cease looked damn good against the best hitting team in the AL, putting notions about sticky stuff and spin rates to rest hopefully. I’m sure the players were all amped up with news of Lynn, and it showed.

GoGoSoxFan

To Jim and anyone else who was blacked out on this game: Google livetv.sx for a European site that streams live sporting events for free. There is usually about six channels to choose from including both home town feeds as well as foreign language ones. You’ll get a lot of pop-up ads for online gambling sites, but once you get the hang of it’s free baseball.

As Cirensica

This game is tied with Rodon’s no-hitter as the most enjoyable game this season for me. We need a 2B though. Leury can’t play there on a regular basis.

TCBullfrog

If you were speeding past it you might have missed Anderson celebrating Abreu’s homer as he trotted in from third, which was a lot of fun

TCBullfrog