White Sox sightings: Cease delivers crossed-out stuff originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
The White Sox evened the series with the Tigers on Saturday, behind a solid Dylan Cease outing and some timely strikes. The bullpen also got back on track after giving up two leads Friday ー once in the eighth inning, and again in the ninth. But it wasn’t all sunshine for the South Siders, and not just because the weather was overcast with temperatures hovering around 39 degrees. The team lost another player to injury, this time AJ Pollock, who left the game with a strained hamstring after hitting a single.
DYLAN CEASE BRINGS STRIKEOUT STUFF
A day after asking the bullpen to cover five innings, Tony La Russa needed Cease to hold off the Tigers as best he could, and Cease delivered on his promise. With an abbreviated spring, most teams have been transparent about capping starters’ pitch count at the start of the year, and Cease was able to go over five innings on 79 pitches. He also had his batting thing on Saturday, whipping up eight batters in his limited work. Cease may have gone a little further in the game, but he ran into a small problem in the fifth inning, with two walks.
On Friday, three different relievers were charged with earned runs. A day later, they redeemed themselves. Reynaldo Lopez worked around issues, including an error that led to a Tigers run and induced a major double play late in the inning. Bennett Sousa continued his impressive MLB debut with a flawless 1.1 innings. And Aaron Bummer recovered from a tough start in ninth after giving up two runs in just 0.2 innings the day before. Everyone, take a deep breath.
TWO-OUT RALLY MEN?
The cold weather may prevent the White Sox offense from fully breaking out as many expect. But early on, the Sox showed a propensity to score with two outs. In the first two games of the season, five of the nine total points came with two tries. The man in the middle of it all was Eloy Jiménez, who tackled his three RBIs in those clutch situations. If the White Sox can keep that trend going, they could frustrate opponents all summer, because nothing’s worse than giving up runs when you’re so close to getting off the field.
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