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Here’s a bullet-point recap to cover the White Sox’s seventh straight loss, because the White Sox don’t really deserve the energy to form a cohesive narrative.
*Bailey Ober had never pitched into the seventh inning in any of his 29 MLB starts entering this one, nor had he struck out more than seven in one game. He pitched into the eighth in this one, setting single-game bests in innings (7⅓) and strikeouts (10) while throwing 65 of 91 pitches for strikes.
*Ober struck out the side on 14 pitches in the second. He needed just five pitches to complete the third, and completed the fourth and fifth on a combined 21 pitches. He also set a career high in swinging strikes with 20, toppiong his previous best of 17 on Aug. 11 of last year. Was it also against the Sox? You bet.
*Yoán Moncada accounted for two of the three times on base, doubling and walking. The former accounted for the only White Sox in scoring position. The latter was erased on an Eloy Jiménez double play, so Ober and two Twins relievers faced o0nly two over the minimum.
*Lance Lynn couldn’t stretch the White Sox’s quality start streak to seven, giving up four runs on 10 hits and a walk over five innings. A 31-pitch second inning put him behind the eight ball, and his night ended on a preposterous Matt Wallner homer with a launch angle of 45 degrees.
*Vince Velasquez struck out five of the six batters he faced over two perfect innings to lower his ERA below 5 (4.94).
*This game only took two hours and 38 minutes to complete, so that’s nice.
*The White Sox are now only a game ahead of the Twins for second place. They’ll have to be a game behind the Twins in order to draft ahead of them next year, because Minnesota had the worse record in 2021.