After losing a pair of one-run decisions to the Los Angeles Angels to start the weekend, the Chicago White Sox got an offensive lift from José Abreu and Danny Mendick in a 5-1 win on Sunday afternoon.
Abreu’s solo home run in the third broke a 1-1 tie, and Mendick’s homer gave the team a key insurance run as the Sox got big bullpen performances out of Josh Osich, Aaron Bummer, and Alex Colomé in the victory.
The trio combined for 5.2 innings of shutout baseball, giving up just one hit and striking out four Angels batters.
Dylan Cease had a short day, but only surrendered one earned run and struck out four batters in 3.1 innings. He did give up five walks and four hits, but was able to pitch through a few tough situations for the victorious White Sox.
It looked to be another day at the office unfolding in the first inning with Shohei Ohtani hit an RBI single to left field to score the game’s first run. That lead didn’t last long however, as James McCann drove in Mendick with an RBI single to tie the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the first.
Abreu then hit a mammoth home run in the third inning, blasting the ball an estimated 462 feet to give the South Siders a 2-1 lead.
Mendick’s home run in the fifth extended the Chicago lead, and RBI’s from Yolmer Sánchez and Ryan Cordell helped ensure a victory.
The White Sox will now turn their attention to the Kansas City Royals, who will head to the South Side for a three-game series beginning on Tuesday night. Iván Nova will take the ball for the White Sox in the game, which is set to begin at 7:10 p.m.