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Bullet-point recap, since I watched this game on my phone on a plane that was diverted for four hours.
*Lance Lynn created the game’s entire margin by himself. He pitched six strong innings, limiting the damage to one run on consecutive extra-base hits in the fifth. At the plate, he delivered a two-run single that gave the Sox the necessary second run to win this game, and a third as well.
*The White Sox scored all three runs in the second inning, and after a double play extinguished the first attempt at starting a rally. Brian Goodwin kept the door open with a walk, Leury García singled, and then Seby Zavala jumped on a hanging first-pitch curve from Brandon Woodruff and punched it into center field for a surprise RBI single.
*The bigger surprise was Lynn, who fell behind 0-2 on challenge fastballs, but caught up to a third well enough to drop it into right field for two more runs. Zavala had taken second on the throw home on his single, which proved to be a big 90 feet.
*Lynn is now 10-3 with a 1.91 ERA
*Tony La Russa managed his bullpen aggressively and weirdly. It wasn’t odd to see Michael Kopech throw the seventh and start the eighth before giving way to Liam Hendriks for a six-out save. It was odd to see Kopech hit for himself when double-switches were possible, and stranger to see Kopech swing and run with effort on a grounder to first, given his hamstring injury in the not-too-distant past.
*Regarding double-switches, with the pitcher spot leading off, he could have replaced García with Danny Mendick so Kopech would bat seventh, or Goodwin with Billy Hamilton/Adam Engel in the sixth spot. Goodwin couldn’t close his glove on a line drive to right center for the double that came around to score in the fifth, and the Sox have center fielders who would’ve made that play.
*The White Sox scored just five runs over three games, so winning one of three feels like a steal.