Lance Lynn displays outstanding pitches as White Sox defeat Mariners 3-2
September 6, 2022
Chicago White Sox pitcher Lance Lynn unleashed his strong pitches and helped the team to win over the Seattle Mariners 3-2 on Monday. It was the opener of a three-game series held in the Mariners’ home stadium, the T-Mobile Park.
Lynn struck out 11 opposing batters during the game, which was one of his career-high records. He also only allowed three hits when he was pitching. In the past four starts, Lynn only allowed three earned runs. Lynn attributed his performance to the situation on the court.
“The shadows were ugly early, so that helped the pitchers for sure,” Lynn said. “I knew that they were going to have trouble seeing the ball so I just went and attacked, and it worked out well.”
In addition to Lynn, teammate Elvis Andrus also boosted Chicago’s score count by earning a two-run homer during the third inning. He made his 11th home run of the season from Seattle’s starting pitcher, Marco Gonzales. Earlier in the second inning, Chicago already scored a run when A. J. Pollock hit a home run to the left side of the field.
Andrus, who recently signed with the White Sox, said that his first week in the new team was “tense” because there were many players “trying to make things happen”. However, he added, “Lately we’ve been able to just let our talent go out there and compete.”
This win maintained the White Sox’s position in AL Central behind the Minnesota Twins and the Cleveland Guardians, recording 68-67. On the other hand, the loss affected the Mariners’ position in the race for the top wild-card spot in the AL, putting the team behind the Toronto Blue Jays and the Tampa Bay Rays.
During the game, the Mariners offered some retaliations to the away team. Seattle’s Abraham Toro hit a single to the right side of the court and Cal Raleigh managed to score a run. In the last inning of the game, Mitch Haniger scored a run after J. P. Crawford hit a single to the right center.
Gonzales pitched for seven innings on Monday, his first time since the end of June. He only allowed four hits from the opponents and struck out three Chicago batters. Mariners manager Scott Servais said that his team’s players were “fun to watch.”
“Down by one, two, three, four runs, whatever, we are going to put pressure on other teams and make it tough to close it out,” Servais said.
Seattle is currently second in the AL West behind the Houston Astros, recording 76-59 after the loss from the White Sox. The defeat from Chicago also broke Seattle’s seven-win streak.
White Sox’s roster change
Recently, Chicago activated Yoán Moncada who was put on the 10-day injured list due to a strain in his left hamstring. Prior to his leave, Moncada recorded a .197 batting average, 40 RBIs and seven home runs in 80 games. Moncada reportedly will make an appearance during the second game with the Mariners on Tuesday.
The White Sox have also reinstated left-hand pitcher Aaron Bummer, who was put on a 60-day injured list. The pitcher did not participate in Chicago’s games since June because of a left lat strain. Before being reinstated, Bummer received a rehab assignment at Triple-A Charlotte, where he played three games.
To fill the positions at Triple-A Charlotte, Chicago sent right-hand pitcher Tobias Myers. The team also optioned two outfielders to Charlotte–Mark Payton and Adam Haseley.