MLB.com tracks a stat of the day for the White Sox this season, highlighting a unique, interesting or fun nugget of each game.
June 10: White Sox 5, Blue Jays 2 – Grandal goes deep
It was a month ago when White Sox catcher Yasmani Grandal was hitting .113 with two home runs, despite coming in at a prolific pace through the walk. But Grandal’s club started to heat up, especially in the home run category. A blast in the first inning gave Grandal eight home runs and 13 RBI in his last 57 at-bats, making him one of only two White Sox players with a double-digit home run, joining José Abreu.
June 9: Blue Jays 6, White Sox 2 – Lynn finds success at home
Lance Lynn has been fantastic all season, but he has been particularly dominant at Guaranteed Rate Field. The right-hander allowed one in four valid runs out of seven innings, eliminating nine without issuing a walk in the no-decision. For the season, Lynn conceded seven points earned in 50 innings pitched at home (1.26 ERA), where she has a 6-1 record on eight starts, not to mention 58 strikeouts. The opponents are 29 out of 180 against Lynn in Chicago.
June 8: White Sox 6, Blue Jays 1 – Hendriks closing time
Liam Hendriks is giving the White Sox everything they could have wanted as a closer elite and then some. The right-hander didn’t earn a save by throwing the ninth inning in the first set, but he extended his goalless innings to 11 2/3 innings in 13 games. Hendriks retired 23 of the last 24 hitters faced, including 12 strikeouts, and had a streak of 22 consecutive retirements until Rowdy Tellez’s ninth double.
June 6: White Sox 3, Tigers 0 – Termination dominates Tigers
The White Sox clearly knew what they were doing in moving Dylan Cease from the originally planned start on Tuesday against the Blue Jays to Sunday’s series finale against the Tigers at Guaranteed Rate Field. The change gave the southpaw two more days off and pitted Cease up against a dominating team. Termination improved to 7-0 with an ERA of 1.91 and 47 strikeouts over 42 1/3 innings in seven career-early games vs. the Tigers. He is the first White Sox pitcher to win each of his first seven games as a starter against a team since Mark Buehrle (7-0 against Texas since 2001-05). Cease also owns a streak of 17 unscored 1/3 innings against the Tigers, who haven’t scored against him since the fourth inning on August 25. 18, 2020, in Chicago.
June 5: Tigers 4, White Sox 3 – Mercedes leaves its mark behind the plate
Yermín Mercedes hit with a pinch for Zack Collins at the bottom of the eighth and then stayed in the game at the receiver. It was the 28-year-old rookie’s first big league appearance behind the pot and in doing so, as discovered by Chris Kamka of NBC Sports Chicago, Mercedes became only the fifth player in White Sox history to catch and throw in the same season. he pitched during the 11-4 defeat to the Red Sox on April 19). Only Frank Isbell has accomplished the feat more than once, doing it for Chicago in 1902 and 1906.
June 4: White Sox 9, Tigers 8 – La Russa’s historic victory
Yermín Mercedes capped the rollercoaster of a match with a single walk-off to secure a win for Chicago, breaking an unsuccessful 0 of 25 streak. But the win was also a milestone for White Sox manager Tony La Russa, who moved into a draw for second on the all-time win list with his 2,763 win, equaling fellow Hall of Famer John. McGraw. Only Connie Mack (3,731) has more.
June 3: White Sox 4, Tigers 1 – A rare red card
Lucas Giolito, the White Sox ace who didn’t appear in the game, was sent off early in the ninth inning. But the entire left side of the home bench expressed their displeasure with home plate umpire Will Little when he called the third hit on Yoán Moncada on a field that Statcast showed to be out of zone to finish the eighth. According to winning pitcher Lance Lynn, Little told Giolito to go check out the call after disagreeing. “It’s a shame because Gio is a good guy,” Lynn said. “And he was told to go do something, and he did, and the referee kicked him out for doing what he was told to do.” It was Giolito’s second career expulsion, but the first since 2017.
June 1: Indians 6, White Sox 5 – Moncada’s OBP continues to rise
Yoán Moncada is arriving at the base in every possible way. On Tuesday, the talented third baseman finished 2-for-3 with two walks. He has raised his average to .301 and has a .429 base rate best of the team and an OPS of .861. He is also playing a defense of the caliber of Gold Glove on the pitch.