The Angels put up four late-inning runs to outshine Lucas Giolito’s early dominance

Taste of their own medicine: The White Sox have done their fair share of spoiling ballgames late for their opposition, so the Los Angeles Angels reciprocated the feeling. (@WhiteSox)

Lucas Giolito was feeling it tonight! He wanted that 15th win, and he needed to give the Chicago White Sox a worthy performance to complement Reynaldo López’s utter brilliance from yesterday afternoon’s complete game. As an ace does, Giolito put on a show. Unfortunately, his bullpen couldn’t keep the lead or secure a win. In a frustrating game late, the Good Guys gave the game away.

Let’s marvel for a little bit: Luc-ace G-elite-o lived up to his pun-filled name. Expending 103 pitches, Lucas made it through the seventh-inning stretch. Through that span, Gio struck out six batters, while only walking one (Jared Walsh in the fifth).

Giolito did surrender two runs off of three hits. Luis Rengifo recorded his seventh home run of the season, which spans his whole career, in the third inning. Shohei Ohtani lined a ball to the right field corner, so he turned on the jets and made his way to third base for a triple, one-out in the seventh. An Andrelton Simmons groundout easily scored Ohtani for the Halos’ second run of the game.

Overall, Lucas recorded a quality start by going seven and limiting the opposition to two runs. He even recorded a very neat milestone:

Unfortunately, where the game took a drastic turn for the worst, Aaron Bummer gave up a two-run homer to Brian Goodwin (the game replacement to Mike Trout, who left the baseball game early due to right toe discomfort) during the top of the eighth, so Gio’s fifteenth win of the season will have to wait at least five more days, as today’s game had become a whole new ballgame two outs in the eighth.

Before the game was tied at four, the White Sox took an early lead in the first. Tim Anderson opened the game with a single, and Yoán Moncada followed with a single of his own. As José Abreu has been doing all seasoned, he doubled TA7 home for his 107th RBI of the season! Right after that AB, Eloy Jiménez grounded out to third to score YoYo for an early 2-0 lead.

Aside from the opening scoring, Dillon Peters pitched decently for the next three innings. However, after a no-doubter, two-run home run by none other than Tim “Stick Talk” Anderson,

Peters left the game having only throwing for 4 1/3 innings, a trend (to record four-plus inning outings) for three of his last four games.

The Middleton-Rodriguez-Robles relief trio kept the score at four for when the Angels came to tie it.

Top of the ninth inning, Alex Colomé came into the game to buy the South Siders an inning. Instead, Justin Upton simply crushed a ball to left-center field to untie the game, 5-4.

The Sox couldn’t hone in their late-game heroics, so they dropped the game and are now 62-79. For how fantastic the back-end of the bullpen has been, they are allowed to make mistakes. They are human, and they will get back to work.

Tomorrow night will feature the second game of this three-game weekend series. Dylan Covey (1-7, 6.88 ERA) will take on Andrew Heaney (3-4, 4.16 ERA). I will be attending tomorrow’s 6:10 CT game, which will be broadcasted on NBC Sports Chicago. As always, WGN has the radio coverage. I’m sorry that the sunglasses emoji is still awaiting its highly-anticipated South Side Hit Pen debut, but it will be worth the wait!

Gamethread: Angels at White Sox

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Whether or not the Chicago White Sox can throw back-to-back complete games, Lucas Giolito is always slated to give the Good Guys a chance. Although the Los Angeles Angels are not in playoff contention, they have been the Sox’s sore thumb for the past few seasons. On paper, it should be a good matchup in the first game of a six-game homestand.

Luc-ace G-elite-o has been magic for the South Siders this season. Gio is 14-8 with a 3.30 ERA. He is also worth an outstanding 5.8 WAR! In the final month of the season, it would be something special to have Giolito close out his break out season on the up-and-up. As the ace of the staff, I wouldn’t expect anything less.

As for the opposition, Dillon Peters will take the mound for the Halos. Peters is the owner of a 3-2 record and a 4.13 ERA in 12 games this season. He has pitched 4, 4 2/3, and 6 1/3 innings in his last three starts, respectively. If the Sox can get to him early and wear down the Angels bullpen, it should hopefully be the start to a successful weekend series.

This is how the White Sox will line up against Peters:

José Abreu is back in the mix after a day off yesterday, so he’s back in his usual third spot of the order. Leury García was placed on the bereavement list, so he will miss the weekend series. Tim Anderson will bat leadoff, and Yoán Moncada will go back to the two-spot.

The Angels will order themselves as so:

Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani bat second fifth, respectively. As major catalysts to this team, Giolito will look to shut them down before they can get started.

Tonight’s 7:10 CT ballgame will be broadcasted on NBC Sports Chicago Plus; just like always, WGN AM will provide the radio coverage. Although I have been a part of several Six Pack of Stats wins, I’m still looking for my game recap victory to whip out the sunglasses emoji — who is growing impatient as it awaits its curtain call. More importantly, South Side Hit Pen made its gamethread debut last month on August 15 against these same Angels; in a little month-span full circle, a win for that sake would be sweet!

Six Pack of Stats: White Sox 7, Cleveland 1

Pitching and Offense: It all came together in a terrific afternoon ballgame that resulted in a series split with Cleveland. (FanGraphs)

Masterful pitching and flaming bats spark a series-split afternoon victory

Last night’s late-innings offense, which was beautifully complemented by an outstanding pitching performance by Reynaldo López, carried over into this early afternoon’s ballgame! With that wonderful combination, the Chicago White Sox split the series against Cleveland!

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First and foremost, ReyLo only gave up one hit in his complete-game performance! Can we please acknowledge how incredible Reynaldo has been for the second-half of the season!? It’s utter insanity, but I am totally here for it. Keep it up, ReyLo!

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With his first complete game of the season, López joins Lucas Giolito and Iván Nova as the third White Sox pitcher to throw a complete game in the 2019 season. Funnily enough, it’s a cool 3-2-1 sequence with Gio, Nova, and ReyLo in the quantity of nine-inning games pitched, respectively.

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For the Sox’s hitting perspective, the Good Guys put up seven runs on the board, and seven guys recorded hits to make that run total possible. Surprisingly enough, Welington Castillo and Adam Engel accounted for five of the seven RBIs. Unsurprisingly, Yolmer Sánchez had the other two RBIs. 🙂

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The seven runs scored were based off of 12 hits. This offense can be all-or-nothing at times, like our neuron’s action potential, but it sure is fun to watch when the offensive is producing big like this!

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With 22 games left of the season, this team has the (action) potential to do something great and to keep it interesting for the team and the fans; let’s hope that it happens!

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The South Siders have accumulated 62 wins, and if they could get to 75, that would definitely be something to end the season with this year. It’s a long-shot goal, but it’s possible.

Six Pack of Stats: Cleveland 8, White Sox 6

Power to the People: Between the two ball clubs, there were three, two-run blasts late in the game. (FanGraphs)

The White Sox’s late-inning blasts are not enough against Cleveland in a suspenseful, drama-filled ending

After a promising to finish to last night’s ballgame, the Chicago White Sox couldn’t carry over their offensive heat into tonight’s baseball game. Instead, Cleveland found the power and ran … until the Good Guys took the power back in the late innings! Unfortunately, the Sox’s power wasn’t enough — and a straight-up robbery by Oscar Mercado certainly did not help — in this 8-6 loss to Cleveland. Although it’s not as much fun to look at the numbers after this almost-win turned loss, there still is a lot of good to come from the game.

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But first, the bad. The 2019 season has not been kind to Daniel Palka. In 53 ABs of the short-stinted season, Palka has a .019 batting average (.152 OPS) — a significant drop-off from his 2018 .240 BA, which consisted of 27 home runs and 67 RBIs for the power numbers.

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In his first major-league at-bat, Danny Mendick — leading off the top of the ninth inning — struck out. But have no fear, Mendick has a whole lot of upside that he has to showcase for the month of September.

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Now, the good. A pair of three’s wrote the story for Tim Anderson and Eloy Jiménez. Both players reached base twice via the single and double. For the third time of the night, Eloy reached on a hit-by-pitch in the eighth. TA7 showed some STICK TALK with a two-run blast in the ninth for his third hit of the night!

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Okay, back to the bad. In their last nine games, the Good Guys have dropped eight of them. Of course, the team does not have any playoff implication, but this needs to be addressed. Abreu has the team contending in 2020, so this team must learn how to consistently win. The South Siders definitely know how to win, but a few ( or a lot, I wouldn’t mind) substantial winning streaks (four-plus games) would be nice to have throughout the next season.

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Some good! José Abreu continued to rake. TA7 on first and nobody out during the top of the eighth inning, Mal Tiempo launched his 29th home run of the season to left-center field! Bonus Stat: That was Pito’s 400th extra-base hit of his career!

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A little bit of both: Eloy Jiménez, our beloved No. 74, is awarded another stat in this Six Pack. Unfortunately, not in a beneficial way. With one out and bases loaded in the ninth inning, Eloy crushed a ball just to the left of center field, but Oscar Mercado made a miraculous effort to catch the sinking ball on the fly. Had that ball dropped, it would have been a bases-clearing double to give the White Sox a 9-8 lead. With a tip of The Big Baby’s batting helmet, Eloy will remember this moment and will capitalize on it in the future.

Atlanta’s six-run first sets tone for a blowout win over Chicago, 11-5

Gryffindor: The Sorting Hat whispers in the back of the minds of ReyLo and Herrera, but the Braves were too much to handle. (@WhiteSox)

Five runs off of 13 hits aren’t enough for the Good Guys in game two of this three-game weekend set

The Atlanta Braves score a lot of runs, and the Chicago White Sox score a lot of runs, but not enough, late. Both starting pitchers are gettable, but the Sox’s pitching takes the bigger bruise. For the second straight game, the Good Guys drop the game to the Braves. The game was definitely interesting, but it didn’t produce the result that Sox fans so desperately wanted. Let’s take a look at the highlights of the game:

The Good Guys were able to go up first in the first inning with an RBI-Single by the newly-acquainted fourth-spot hitter Yoán Moncada. He drove in Leury García, who led the game off with a first pitch base hit up the middle.

That would be the only good to the start of the game. In the bottom half of the inning, Reynaldo López recorded two outs. Sandwiched around the outs were six runs scored, as ReyLo faced all nine batters before being taken out of the game at the 42-pitch mark.

A little funny thing occured before the outburst of runs. With two outs and the game still tied, Tyler Flowers hit what should have been a groundout to third to end the inning. However, YoYo played the ball back, so the baseball rolled into the bag, bounced high in the air, and Moncada barehanded the throw to first. But, Flowers beat the play and opened the door wide for five more runs to cross the plate in the inning.

A taxing inning could not go Reynaldo’s way, and an already taxed bullpen was destined to finish the game. Jimmy Cordero was the first relief pitcher out of the gate. He walked the first batter he faced, but he struck out the second batter in Dansby Swanson. 50 minutes later, the whole first inning was a thing of the past.

The second inning contained some improvement. The inning lasted only 30 minutes, and the Braves put only one more run on the board with a Matt Joyce single, 7-1 home team lead.

The South Siders didn’t stay quiet for long. Top of the third, José Abreu was hit by a pitch, and Eloy Jiménez recorded his second infield single of the night. With that, last night’s pinch-hit hero singled up the middle to score Abreu and to decrease the deficit, 7-2.

Believe it or not, the game actually quieted down for a bit. Of course, with both teams having double-digit hit totals, the noise didn’t completely disperse. Pito did take two hit-by-pitches to his left arm, so those welts were definitely singing and will continue to well into the night.

In fact, the Good Guys didn’t want Pito to feel alone in that matter, so they made some noise in the seventh to help harmonize. The Sox put up three runs in the frame, courtesy of RBI singles from Eloy and Yolmer Sánchez. Adam Engel reached third base on an error in right field, so Yolmer scored the third and final run of the inning. The future was looking bright for the Good Guys, bright enough for sunglasses, down only 7-5.

But, the clouds quickly rolled in. The Braves wanted to mirror the South Siders, so they did. Atlanta put up three runs in the bottom-half of the seventh. A pinch-hit Ronald Acuña sac fly, a bases loaded walk to Dansby Swanson, and a wild pitch paved the way to the Braves’ seventh.

Unfortunately, the White Sox couldn’t do anything in the eighth, but the Braves did. Josh Donaldson hit a solo home run to put his team up 11-5.

The Good Guys couldn’t find the equalizer in the top of the ninth, so Atlanta wins the weekend series. The Sox didn’t lose for lack of offensive effort: five runs on 13 hits. The starting pitching and the struggling Kelvin Herrera solidified the end score. The Braves exude what a good team does. The offense picks up the pitching, and the starting pitchers eat up innings. Yes, Atlanta needs bullpen help, but Atlanta is putting it all together. Luckily, the White Sox still have tomorrow, and they still have a sunglasses-needed bright future!

Tomorrow, Lucas Giolito takes the mound. Giolito, the ace of the staff, must go the distance to save a labored bullpen. Lucas is 14-7 with a 3.20 ERA. He is set to face Julio Teheran. Julio is 8-8 and owns a 3.39 ERA. Giolito will put his team on his back in order to salvage this weekend series. WGN will have the broadcast and radio for an unusual 4:10 CT start for the White Sox.

The sunglasses emoji are still on-call for their South Side Hit Pen debut.

Gamethread: White Sox at Braves

On a hot streak: ReyLo is looking to bring the heat against the hottest N.L. East team. (Clinton Cole / South Side Hit Pen)

Though the Chicago White Sox couldn’t outpitch the Atlanta Braves, the offense lived up to their end of the bargain. Scoring seven runs, the bats of the South Siders were heated up down South. Unfortunately, Iván Nova was plagued by his worst start as of late.

Luckily, baseball is a short-memory game, so as John Mulaney once said, “What’s yesterday?”

Today, Reynaldo López will try to help his team even the series in this weekend’s interleague play. This Rey of sunshine has had quite the second-half to the 2019 season. As a total of the halves, Reynaldo owns a 8-11 record, as well as a 5.08 ERA. López has also amounted an 0.8 WAR, according to Baseball Reference. Look for ReyLo to keep it rolling!

The former Houston Astro and late-to-the-2019-season, Dallas Keuchel, is 5-5 on the season, and he owns a 3.78 ERA. In only 13 games played this season, Keuchel has been worth 1.4 bWAR. Hopefully, the Sox can take advantage of Keuchel’s short 2019 season.

These are the South Siders tasked to get the job done tonight:

After his pinch-hit, three-run home run — Welington Castillo is tonight’s starting catcher, batting sixth. Other than that, the first five guys are the eyes of the future.

For Atlanta, their offensive-burst of a lineup is as follows:

This rejuvenated lineup is one to worry about during this series. After a ten-run party last night, these guys are aiming for a repeat.

I say we make things a little interesting and tie the series before a fun Sunday night game! NBC Sports Chicago will provide your Chicagoland TV broadcast, but MLB.TV will have tonight’s game as the free game of the day! As always, the ol’ faithful, WGN, has the radio coverage. It’s a 6:20 CT start, and I am itching to bring out the sunglasses emoji!

Six Pack of Stats: White Sox 2, Rangers 0

May the odds be ever in your favor: According to the graph, the odds were almost always in the favor of the White Sox, and they made sure to prove the odds true. (FanGraphs)

Mal Tiempo collects RBIs No. 99 and 100

Yesterday, the Texas Rangers had the pitching going for them, and for this afternoon, the tables turned. The Chicago White Sox recorded the one-hit shutout and took the season series from the Rangers (4-3).

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Reynaldo López was firing on all cylinders during this afternoon’s ballgame. He pitched five complete innings, which consisted of 80 pitches. The thrill of that? He threw five shutout AND no-hit innings. Unfortunately, he left the game with signs of dehydration and flu-like symptoms. Wishing for a speedy recovery!

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José Abreu collects RBIs No. 99 and 100. With that, Mal Tiempo is third on the all-time Chicago White Sox list of seasons with 100-plus RBIs.

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The collective pitching effort of the Good Guys only gave up one hit to the Rangers. Recently, the South Siders have had some remarkable pitching efforts by starters and relievers. If the batters can keep complementing the pitchers with overall solid defense, this team will be a legit contender in 2020 as Abreu predicts.

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With today’s save, Alex Colomé registers his 25th save in 26 opportunities. He definitely lives up to his Players’ Weekend nickname: The Horse.

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The South Side pitchers totaled a .607 WPA, and they were absolutely magnificent.

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Today’s wonderfully-pitched ballgame and simple-hitting baseball equated to the Sox’s 60th win of the season. The South Siders are 60-70 overall.

White Sox are shut out in a well-pitched ballgame

Congratulations, Pito! There wasn’t much offense on the White Sox side, but at least José Abreu passed a milestone. (@WhiteSox)

The Chicago White Sox had three individual player accomplishments for this Saturday Player’s Weekend game, but they did not equate to a Good Guys victory. Two home runs by the Texas Rangers gave them the season series-tying victory (3-3), 4-0. Time to acknowledge the good before the bad:

First and foremost, a huge congratulations are in order for Mal Tiempo (José Abreu)! This storm hit his career 1,000th (and later, 1,001th!) hit, an opposite-field single in the first inning.

Of course, I have to give a shout-out to my guy, Noah Alan (Yolmer Sánchez). Alan recorded a single of his own, which extended his 11-game hitting streak to 12. Let’s keep it going, Noah!

TA7, with a single up the middle in the eighth inning, extended his personal hit streak to 11 games! Let’s keep it rolling!

As for the bulk of the game, Super Nova (Iván Nova) had it going for him. He pitched five scoreless innings as the supernova exploded this evening. However, defying science, the Texas Rangers were able to stop it. In the sixth inning, Osito (Willie Calhoun) hit a no-doubter to the front rows of Goose Island to give his team a 2-0 lead, breaking open the scoring for tonight’s ballgame.

Jimmy Cordero relieved Nova two-outs in the sixth. He escaped the inning without any further damage. However, with two outs in the seventh, Cordero gave up the second two-run blast of the night, to Danielito (Danny Santana). This doubled the Rangers lead to 4-0.

Kolby Allard (Paaa) pitched a fantastic game. 6.1 shutout innings gave Allard a QS in only his fourth career MLB start and seventh game overall.

The overall pitching of the Rangers overpowered any rally-like development, let alone a lone run in a frame for the White Sox. Although they were shut out tonight, look for some hopeful Stick Talk tomorrow!

The South Siders will finish this four-game set against the Rangers tomorrow at 1:10 CT before an off-day on Monday. Reynaldo López (7-11, 5.25 ERA) will pitch against Brock Burke (0-0, 0.00 ERA), in Burke’s second career MLB game. NBC Sports Chicago will have the broadcast, WGN has the radio, and Leigh Allan is back on your South Side Hit Pen coverage!

The sunglasses emoji will have to wait for another day for its SSHP debut…

Gamethread: Rangers at White Sox

McCannon: Chicago is our city. (White Sox)

The Big Baby returns to the Players’ Weekend lineup as the South Siders look to take the season series from the Rangers

Today marks game three of a four-game series with the Texas Rangers, and it also marks game two of three for Players’ Weekend.

From the creative cleats to colorful bats, I really enjoy this time of year. With a chance to take the season series from the Texas Rangers with a victory tonight, I might even like this weekend a little bit more!

Iván Nova, I mean Super Nova, is ready to accomplish that feat and keep rolling with his recent 5-0 record. With a chance to improve his personal record to 10-9 and give the Chicago White Sox their 60th win of the season, a supernova is in order!

For the opposition, Kolby Allard will play in his seventh career MLB game. This season, with three games under his belt, Paaa (not a typo) owns a 1-0 record, but a 6.60 ERA. Still a rookie, Allard will try to beat long-time veteran at his own game.

The South Siders will line up as follows to try and get to Paaa:

The Big Baby finds his way back into the lineup, batting fifth as tonight’s designated hitter. Yoyo precedes the Baby in his now-solidified fourth spot of the order, playing third base. Also, keep a look out for Mal Tiempo. Batting third and playing first, Bad Weather is storming up for his 1,000 hit of his career! Let’s see it happen, Pito! (Check out Whitesoxski’s article here on Mal Tiempo)

The Texas Rangers will send out the following to try to stop any supernova from occurring:

That will be a Choo-Santana-Andrus-Calhoun-Solak-Odor-Forsythe-Heineman-Mathis lineup. Hunter Pence is still out of the batting order as an injury precaution, so hopefully, the shrugging emoji can make it into tomorrow’s lineup because Pence is a very fun player to watch!

Of course, TA7 and the rest of the Good Guys have been the most fun to watch! Catch the Good Guys Wear Black on WGN, broadcast and radio. It’s a 6:10 CT start, and with this supernova, I would love to bring the sunglasses emoji in my SSHP gamethread/ game recap debut!

Six Pack of Stats: White Sox 6, Rangers 1

The comeback kids: Ross Detwiler notched a quality start and recorded a new career-high of eight strikeouts; simultaneously, Yoán Moncada went 2-for-4 with a homer in his first game back from the Injured List. (FanGraphs)

Hakuna Moncada! Ross Detwiler pitches a career game, and YoYo records two extra-base hits in a worry-free White Sox win

Arguably one of his best starts of his career and definitely the best of the season, Ross Detwiler was rolling during tonight’s ballgame. After taking notes from Lucas Giolito’s masterful game yesterday, Detwiler recorded a quality start and set a new career-high in strikeouts. On top of the wonderful pitching, Yoán Moncada and the Good Guys let their bats come to life in what was an excellent game by the Chicago White Sox. Time to go behind the numbers of tonight’s well-executed baseball game:

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Big Boss Ross had it going for him tonight. Twelve years into his major league career and Detwiler recorded a career-high eight strikeouts. As a lefty without any overpowering stuff, that is incredibly impressive. Hopefully, tonight marks a turning point for the rest of the season!

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The South Siders only had three pitchers take the mound — not as impressive as Ariel Jurado’s complete game in the Texas Rangers loss — but they only gave up three hits during the span of 27 outs. I am totally behind a whole lot of Sox offense complementing a whole lot of pitching brilliance!

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In his first game back from the Injured List, YoYo went 2-for-4, which included a long ball. That 112 mph blast went 383 feet and drove in two runs. YoYo pumped up the heat for his second extra-base hit of the game, which was a double hit at 115 mph — the hardest hit ball of Moncada’s short career.

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After Moncada and James McCann went back-to-back on home runs in the third inning, the Sox’s win expectancy jumped to 92.7%. The South Siders made sure to cash that in for their 58th win of the season!

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To give a little love to the Texas Rangers and as mentioned previously, Ariel Jurado pitched a complete game. Having given up six runs in the game, it is a pretty impressive feat for the young righthander. Even though he saved the bullpen for his team, Jurado did accumulate a -.243 WPA in his eight-inning complete game.

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Looking ahead, José Abreu is two hits away from a career 1,000 hits. A first inning single made No. 998 career hits, so hopefully, No. 1,000 will be here before the Rangers go back to the Lone Star State.