White Sox 3, Mariners 2: Lance Lynn’s roll stops Seattle’s

The White Sox hit a couple of homers off a left-handed starter, and Lance Lynn pitched seven beautiful innings. That’s been an incomplete formula for most of the season, but the White Sox put it together tonight for a valuable win in Seattle.

The game grew unnecessarily tense at the end, but considering the Mariners had won seven in a row — including the last three against the Guardians in Cleveland — any win will do. The Sox were able to dust themselves off from a humdrum loss against the Twins, and now they’ve won five of six.

Liam Hendriks made a little bit of a mess in the ninth, going to three-ball counts against four of the first five batters he faced. Those turned into a single, a walk and an RBI single on a 3-2 count that put the tying run on third with two outs. Fortunately, Hendriks made his 30th pitch of the night his final pitch by striking out Adam Frazier to secure his 30th save.

Lynn definitely deserved his fifth win, as he struck out 11 over seven innings of one-run ball. That run came in the second inning, negating an AJ Pollock solo shot off Marco Gonzales in the top of the frame thanks to some shoddy defense. Cal Raleigh got to second on his own with a leadoff double, but a Yasmani Grandal passed ball helped him to third, and he scored because Andrew Vaughn broke the wrong way on Abraham Toro’s routine fly to right, and “makeup speed” is not in his toolbox.

That left runners on first and second with still just one out, but Lynn ended the inning himself with a pair of strikeouts, and he ended up retiring the last 17 batters he faced. He only allowed three hits and a walk, and two of those hits should’ve been caught (Lynn was baffled by Julio Rodriguez’s 45.1 mph floater past the mound in the bottom of the first).

Lynn just needed a little bit of support from the position-player side, and Elvis Andrus stepped up. He put the Sox ahead for good with an opposite-field two-run shot that first landed in Mitch Haniger’s glove, but then rolled over the fence when the impact at the fence caused him to lose possession. That wasn’t the only way it was lucky…

… but considering the number of flies to right field that died on the warning track, the Sox deserved some assistance.

Andrus also helped out plenty in the field, including a slick pick on the left side of the infield to take a single away from Rodriguez and end the seventh, and a diving stop on Jake Lamb’s grounder right of second to help Kendall Graveman win a 13-pitch battle for the second out of the eighth.

That was the limit of the Sox’s support, because Gonzales and two Seattle relievers held them scoreless after the third inning, allowing just five hits and two walks.

The Sox had their best shot to add a run in the eighth, when Andrew Vaughn drew a one-out walk against Penn Murfee, followed by a JosĂ© Abreu shanked single. Adam Engel, who entered as pinch runner for Vaughn, stole third without a throw, but Eloy JimĂ©nez struck out, and Yasmani Grandal’s status as the slowest player in the league meant that even a hot shot that deflected off Carlos Santana at first base turned into a 3-4-3 with steps to spare.

Bullet points:

*Luis Robert started in center and batted seventh, but he went 0-for-4, and the swings still aren’t convincing.

*Romy González scored on the Andrus homer after his single, but he almost crossed paths with Andrus back to first base, as he retreated hard thinking Haniger caught the ball.

*Minnesota lost, so the White Sox are just a game behind the Twins. The Guardians are still in progress.

Record: 68-67 | Box score | Statcast

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Jim Margalus
Jim Margalus

Writing about the White Sox for a 16th season, first here, then at South Side Sox, and now here again. Let’s talk curling.

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vince

Frank Menechino in shambles

asinwreck

Good someone informed the hitters before the season ended.

upnorthsox

AJ is a different kind of dude so you’re never sure but my sarcasm detector was ringing with his answer.

Joliet Orange Sox

Royals have tied the Guardians 4-4 in the bottom of the 8th on a Salvy PĂ©rez double. Rooting for Salvy was a weird feeling.

Right Size Wrong Shape

Game ended on an overturned challenge call. KC gave ’em a run for their money, but fell up short.

metasox

Do we know who will start game 3?

Minor point but Robert hit 7th, not 8th

Last edited 3 months ago by metasox
Right Size Wrong Shape

Hasn’t been announced. How about Bummer as an opener, with Martin following him? Let Bummer get his feet wet in a low leverage situation, and Martin seems to do well in that role.

Edit: Didn’t realize that Martin was send down. Maybe same plan, but with VV?

Last edited 3 months ago by Right Size Wrong Shape
metasox

Am guessing VV as I don’t believe Kopech is eligible yet. May want to keep Bummer for when facing lefties late

edit: injury report says Kopech may be activated on the 7th so he may be involved

https://www.mlb.com/whitesox/news/white-sox-injuries-and-roster-moves?t=white-sox-injury-report

Last edited 3 months ago by metasox
upnorthsox

7/1, 5.1/1, 5/0, 9/0, 5/2, 7/0 IP/ER, just a reminder that its easy to have a winning record with great SP.

Augusto Barojas

There couldn’t be anything to the Sox playing better because of the managerial change? Nah, that stuff about energy and vibe, or questioning lineup choices, that’s all kooky talk. This seeming improvement is just coincidence.