Week of July 19-25, 2021

Four-Game Series vs. Minnesota Twins (Including 1 makeup)

Series split 2-2

Monday, July 19, 2021 at 4:10 pm CDT
Guaranteed Rate Field – 7-inning game
Lance Lynn, RHP vs.
Twins / Griffin Jax, RHP

L, 3-2, 56-37 (.602), L1 | LP: Garrett Crochet (2-5, 2.93) | Game 93

Tim Anderson extends his hitting streak to 16 consecutive games.

Tim Anderson extends the franchise record for the number of consecutive games in which a player records both a hit and a run scored to 12.

Lance Lynn pitches a complete 7-inning game, giving up just 1 R (5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO). But Griffin Jax and the Twins relievers strike out 9 White Sox through 7, and 2 more in the 8th. With the game tied at 1 at the start of the 8th (extra inning), Garrett Crochet gives up a base hit to Luis Arraez on the first pitch, Josh Donaldson reaches on a fielder’s choice, then Crochet strikes out Trevor Larnach. Ryan Burr steps in and the Twins score 2 runs on a Nelson Cruz sac fly and a Jorge Polanco RBI 1B. Burr strikes out Max Kepler to end the inning. Tim Anderson solo HR (9) in the 3rd. José Abreu scores Tim Anderson with an RBI ground-rule 2B in the 8th. Watch highlights from mlb.com:

Monday, July 19, 2021 at 30-45 minutes after Game 1
Guaranteed Rate Field – Makeup of June 28 (7 innings)
Reynaldo López, RHP vs.
Twins / José Berríos, RHP

W, 5-3, 57-37 (.606), W1 | WP: Aaron Bummer (2-4, 4.22) | Game 94

Tim Anderson is not in the lineup for this game.

José Abreu’s HR lands him in 4th place for career home runs (215) in franchise history—one ahead of Carlton Fisk (now 5th), and six away from tying Harold Baines for 3rd place.

Starter Reynaldo López goes 3 innings (2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO), and reliever Matt Foster goes 2 (2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO). Codi Heuer, then Aaron Bummer wrap it up with a no-hit inning each. Twins starter, José Berríos is mostly unhittable through 6 innings, holding the White Sox to 2 solo HRs only—José Abreu (17) in the 1st and Yoán Moncada (7) in the 6th—before giving up the game in the 7th (final) inning. In the 7th, Brian Goodwin singles on an 0-2 count. Next, Andrew Vaughn is HBP. Then, rookie, left-handed hitter Gavin Sheets slams the first walk-off HR (12) of his career, scoring 3 RBIs to win the game. Watch game highlights from mlb.com:

Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at 7:10 pm CDT
Guaranteed Rate Field
Dallas Keuchel, LHP vs.
Twins / Bailey Ober, RHP

W, 9-5, 58-37 (.611), W2 | Ryan Burr (2-0, 1.96) | Game 95

➤ Sadly, Tim Anderson’s hitting streak ended on Monday with 16 consecutive games, and his franchise-record-breaking streak of games in which he recorded both a hit and a run scored ended on Monday at 12.

Dallas Keuchel‘s intermittently-world-class, but inconsistent pitching results in a five-inning, no-decision start (4 H, 2 R/ER, 2 BB, 6 SO). White Sox win in a spectacular 8th inning comeback—José Abreu 3-run HR (18), Billy Hamilton RBI 1B, and Andrew Vaughn (pinch hitting) RBI 1B (thanks to Adam Engel‘s beautiful slide, beating the tag at Home), building upon their earlier lead—Yoán Moncada 2-run HR (8) in the 3rd; and José Abreu RBI 2B, and Brian Goodwin RBI 1B in the 1st. Watch game highlights from mlb.com:

Luis Robert to Rehab

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July 20—Outfielder Luis Robert has been assigned to rehab at Winston-Salem Dash (A+).

Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at 7:10 pm CDT
Guaranteed Rate Field
Dylan Cease, RHP vs.
Twins / Michael Pineda, RHP

L, 7-2, 58-38 (.604), L1 | LP: Dylan Cease (7-6, 4.21) | Game 96

Five beautiful strikeouts notwithstanding, Dylan Cease struggles against the Twins lineup all night, giving up 7 H and 3 R/ER on 5.0 IP (2 BB, 5 SO). The bullpen performs worse. Offensively, the White Sox *appear* threatening, but 10 hits (5 XBH), 2 walks, 2 ROEs and 3 stolen bases yield just 2 runs in total. Andrew Vaughn 1B and 2B. Billy Hamilton 1B and 2B. Tim Anderson 1B and 2B. Leury García 2B. Yoán Moncada 2B. Adam Engel 1B. José Abreu 1B. Watch game highlights from mlb.com:

Three-Game Series at Milwaukee Brewers

Brewers win series 2-1

Six of the best starting pitchers in Major League Baseball face off. Collectively, they’ve thrown 794 strikeouts this season, as of the start of the series.

Friday, July 23, 2021 at 7:10 pm CDT
American Family Field
Lucas Giolito, RHP vs.
Brewers / Freddy Peralta, RHP

L, 7-1, 58-39 (.598), L2 |LP: Lucas Giolito (8-7, 3.78) | Game 97

Lucas Giolito fights his way out of some close calls, holding the Brewers to just 1 run on 6.0 IP (6H, 1 R/ER, 5 BB, 3 SO). But Aaron Bummer and Ryan Burr issue 2 walks (each) and give up 1 hit (each) in the 7th, setting up an RBI groundout, a run-scoring walk, and a grand slam for the Brewers. The Brewers pitching dominates the White Sox offense, but Andrew Vaughn says “NO!” to a shutout with a solo HR (11) in the 8th. Tony La Russa believes that Brewers third baseman Luis Urías is “ducking,” and when the next batter (first baseman Rowdy Tellez) also walks, scoring a run, La Russa takes it up with home plate umpire John Libka and gets himself ejected. Not to be outdone, Tim Anderson aggressively protests the ump’s low strike zone during José Abreu’s at bat (including a well-placed “you f’ing suck!”), earning Tim his own early exit. Watch game highlights from mlb.com:

Saturday, July 24, 2021 at 6:10 pm CDT
American Family Field
Carlos Rodón, LHP vs.
Brewers / Corbin Burnes, RHP

L, 6-1, 58-40 (.592), L3 | Carlos Rodón (8-4, 2.24) | Game 98

Brewers lead-off man, Kolten Wong, homers off the first pitch from Carlos Rodón, who strikes out the next 3 batters, to end the 1st. In the 2nd, Rodón gives up another HR, hits Manny Piña, and makes a throwing E1. It’s 2-0 Brewers. Rodón throws a 1-2-3 third inning. Then in the 4th, an intended sac bunt by Luis Urias lands him on 2B (Tyrone Taylor advances to 3B), on an E2 (Zack Collins). The next batter brings in Taylor, and Urias also scores when Rodón issues a walk with bases loaded. Happens to the best of us. Rodón gets subbed out in the top of the 5th, when Jake Burger is sent in to pinch hit with bases loaded (4 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO on 4.0 IP). White Sox score just 1 R, on a bases-loaded walk drawn by Zack Collins, in the 5th. Also in the 5th: on a Leury García groundout, base runner Yoán Moncada steps over home plate, but is credited with a run scored anyway. Brewers challenge, and the call on the field is overturned. White Sox then unsuccessfully challenge the validity of the ruling, claiming that Brewers did not challenge the play within the 20-second time limit. No score. Watch game highlights from mlb.com:

ESPN Sunday Night Baseball

Sunday, July 25, 2021 at 6:08 pm CDT
American Family Field – Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN
Lance Lynn, RHP vs.
Brewers / Brandon Woodruff, RHP

W, 3-1, 59-40 (.596), W1
WP: Lance Lynn (10-3, 1.91) | S: Liam Hendriks (24) | Game 99

In the most exciting matchup of the series, both Lance Lynn (#2 ERA) and Brandon Woodruff (#3 ERA) turn in stellar performances. Lynn holds the Brewers to 1 run and strikes out 6 with no walks on 6.0 IP (6 H, 1 R/ER). And… out of nowhere, on an 0-2 count, the very same Lance Lynn knocks a 2-RBI 1B in the 2ndhis first hit since his last start with the Cardinals on 09/28/2017, and his first at bat since 04/10/2019. “It’s got to be a good day when you drive in more than you give up,” Lynn tells La Russa after the game. Also in the 2nd, Seby Zavala RBI 1B. Watch game highlights from mlb.com:

Week of July 12-18, 2021

All-Star Week 2021

2021 All-Star Week
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Monday, July 12

2020 All-Star Workout Day
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The All-Stars take batting practice, leading into the Home Run Derby:

4:15 pm – NL Batting Practice
5:15 pm – AL Batting Practice
6:10 pm – Extra BP for Home Run Derby participants

Coors Field – 4:00 pm CDT

2021 Home Run Derby
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The Home Run Derby is a single-elimination, bracket tournament with three rounds total. In each bracket, the higher seed hits second.

Coors Field – 7:00 pm CDT

The matchups (with season-to-date home runs, through July 6) are:

#1 Shohei Ohtani (31) vs. #8 Juan Soto (10)
#2 Joey Gallo (21) vs. #7 Trevor Story (11)
#3 Matt Olson (20) vs. #6 Trey Mancini (15)
#4 Salvador Pérez (20) vs. #5 Pete Alonso (15)

Round 1

  • Trey Mancini (24 HR) edges out Matt Olson (23 HR).
  • Trevor Story (20 HR) edges out Joey Gallo (19 HR). Story slams one 518′, beating the previous Home Run Derby record of 513′ (Aaron Judge).
  • Defending Champ Pete Alonso (35 HR) beats Salvador Perez (28 HR).
  • After tying the match at 22, then tying the tie-breaker at 28, Juan Soto wins in the “swing off” with 31 total HRs to Shohei Ohtani’s 28. Soto launches a 520′ bomb, breaking the distance record that Story had just set. Ohtani hits all of the highest-velocity drives of the night at 117 MPH.


  • Mancini (13) beats Story (10).
  • Alonso (16) beats Soto (15).


Both sluggers go into their bonus time with 17, but Alonso slams 6 more to Mancini’s 5 to win his second consecutive Home Run Derby.

Highlights from mlb.com

Tuesday, July 13

2021 All-Star Red Carpet Show
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Players arrive at Coors Field in style.

Coors Field – 1:00 pm CDT

2021 All-Star Game
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The 91st Annual Midsummer Classic

Coors Field – 6:30 pm CDT

All-Star Game Rosters

The American League wins 5-2, its eighth consecutive win and fifteenth win across the past eighteen All-Star Games. Japanese-born Angels starter Shohei Ohtani—who qualified for the ASG as both pitcher and hitter—books the win. Australian-born White Sox closer Liam Hendricks makes the save. Canadian-born/Dominican-raised Vladimir “Vladito” Guerrero, Jr. earns MVP, delivering a 468′ solo home run in the 3rd and a run-scoring groundout in the 5th. Vladito and his father, Vladamir Guerrero, Sr. (2006), are the third father-son duo to hit home runs in All-Star Games, along with Bobby (1973) and Barry (1998) Bonds, and Ken Griffey, Sr. (1980) and Jr. (1992). Watch game highlights from mlb.com:

Tim Anderson SS 7 - Portrait
MLB Advanced Media, LP Anderson

Representing the Chicago White Sox in the 2021 All-Star Game will be shortstop-slugger Tim Anderson, starting pitchers Lance Lynn and Carlos Rodón, and reliever Liam Hendriks.

MLB Advanced Media, LP Lynn
MLB Advanced Media, LP Rodón
Liam Hendriks RHP 31 - Portrait
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Eloy Jiménez Rehab Progress

Eloy Jiménez LF 74
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July 13—Outfielder Eloy Jiménez to continue rehab at Charlotte Knights (AAA), moving up from Winston-Salem Dash (A+)

July 15—Aaron Bummer activated from IL

Three-Game Series vs. Houston Astros

White Sox win series 2-1

July 16, 1:10 pm—At six hours before the start of Game 1, the White Sox have not yet announced probable pitchers for any games in the series. Update, 2:30 pm—Probable pitchers for the series have been posted.

Friday, July 16, 2021 at 7:10 pm CDT
Guaranteed Rate Field
Dylan Cease, RHP vs.
Astros / Lance McCullers, Jr., RHP

L, 7-1, 54-36 (.600), L1 | Dylan Cease (7-5, 4.15) | Game 90

Tim Anderson extends his hitting streak to 13 consecutive games.

Dylan Cease pitches well, striking out 10 across 5 ⅔ innings (6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 HBP), but Lance McCullers, Jr. pitches even better, allowing just 2 hits and striking out 10 in 7.0 IP (1 ER, 2 BB, 1 HBP). In his first appearance since being activated from the IL (yesterday), Aaron Bummer whips his first pitch at the head of Michael Brantley (missed), then lets Brantley single, then allows Brantley to steal 2B and 3B on two wild pitches, then manages to hit Abraham Toro in just ⅔ of an inning. Tough day at the office! Wearing the all-black City Connect uniforms, the White Sox start strong. Dylan Cease pitches a 1-2-3 first inning, striking out both #2 Michael Brantley and #3 Yuli Gurriel, then retires #3, #4, and #5 in the Astros lineup on swinging strikes in the 2nd. Lead-off batter Tim Anderson triples on the first pitch in the bottom of the 1st, and Yoán Moncada (#2 in the lineup) bats him in on the first pitch with a double. But the offense was all downhill from there. The White Sox score just 1 R on 3 H. Watch game highlights from mlb.com:

Jake Lamb to Rehab

Jake Lamb LF 23
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July 16—Outfielder Jake Lamb has been assigned to rehab at Charlotte Knights (AAA).

Saturday, July 17, 2021 at 6:15 pm CDT
Guaranteed Rate Field
Lucas Giolito, RHP vs.
Astros / Jake Odorizzi, RHP

W, 10-1, 55-36 (.604), W1 | Lucas Giolito (8-6, 3.90) | Game 91

Tim Anderson extends his hitting streak to 14 consecutive games.

LUCAS F’ING GIOLITO!!! Giolito commands and controls all night, retiring 27 of 30 Astros for a complete game (3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 8 SO). After throwing a scoreless, one-hit 7 ⅔ innings, he gives up the Astros’ only run to Abraham Toro (HR) in the 8th. World class!!! Tim Anderson goes 3 for 5 with a solo HR (7) in the 3rd, an RBI 1B in the 4th, and a 2B in the 6th. Zack Collins scores a solo HR (4) in the 3rd. Newbie Jake Burger–DH (called up 7/2) steps up with an RBI 2B in the 4th and a solo HR (career first) in the 7th. Newbie Gavin Sheets (called up 6/29) contributes a 2-run HR (4) in the 5th. Hitting a 3-run HR (16) in the 6th, José Abreu ties Carlton Fisk for fourth place in career home runs (214), in the franchise record book. Watch game highlights from mlb.com:

Sunday, July 18, 2021 at 1:10 pm CDT
Guaranteed Rate Field
Carlos Rodón, LHP vs.
Astros / Framber Valdez, LHP

W, 4-0, 56-36 (.609), W2 | Carlos Rodón (8-3, 2.14) | Game 92

Tim Anderson extends his hitting streak to 15 consecutive games.

Another championship-level gem from Carlos Rodón—0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 10 SO, on 7.0 IP. Michael Kopech (1 SO) and Liam Hendriks (2 SO) pitch a 1-2-3 inning each to shut out the Astros. Danny Mendick RBI 1B in the 2nd. Yoán Moncada–DH solo HR (6) in the 4th. Tim Anderson solo HR (8) in the 5th makes him the first player in White Sox history to record a hit and a run scored in 11 consecutive games. Adam Engel RBI 1B in the 7th. Watch game highlights from mlb.com: