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Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Chi White Sox1 0 2 0 0 1 0 1 0 5131
Cleveland0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2101
  W: L. Giolito (11-9)   L: T. McKenzie (5-8)   S: L. Hendriks (36)
10:10 AM PT11:10 AM MT12:10 PM CT1:10 PM ET13:10 ET17:10 GMT1:10 10:10 AM MST12:10 PM EST12:40 PM VEN21:10 UAE11:10 AM CT, September 26, 2021
Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio  Attendance: 21,957

Lucas Giolito, White Sox prep for playoffs against Indians

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Chicago White Sox at Cleveland Indians

  1. The season series between the White Sox and Indians is tied 7-7. Each of the last six games was decided by a one- or two-run margin (three wins for each team). Cleveland has won four of the previous five season series with Chicago (White Sox won in 2019).
  2. The White Sox have allowed only 13 home runs in September, which ties them with the Dodgers for the fewest in the majors. But they have hit only 13 homers this month, second fewest of any major-league team (Texas, 10).
  3. Tim Anderson has recorded at least one hit in all six games he's played since his brief stint on the injured list due to a left hamstring strain (8-for-27, .296). Anderson is batting .302 for the season, which would be his third consecutive season at .300 or better.
  4. The Indians are 2-8 at Progressive Field in September and they have scored only 18 runs in those 10 games. Cleveland is the only team in MLB which has not scored at least five runs in a home game this month.
  5. Amed Rosario was 5-for-5 in the Indians' win at Kansas City on August 31, but he is 9-for-51 (.176) in 13 games since then. Rosario has a .311 batting average in 13 games versus the White Sox this season (14-for-45).
  6. Rookie Emmanuel Clase, who saved the Indians' win over the Royals on Tuesday, has allowed only one run, 12 hits and two walks in 28.2 innings over his last 28 games. Clase has 24 saves this season. No other rookie has more than seven saves this year.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/23/2021 thru 9/23/2021

The Chicago White Sox began their five-game series at the Cleveland Indians by clinching their first AL Central Division title in 13 years.

They hope to wrap up the series on Sunday afternoon on a high note as well.

The White Sox didn't leave a good impression on manager Tony La Russa on Saturday night after they were shut out 6-0 by the Indians (76-78).

Chicago (87-68) managed just one hit in the first six innings against rookie right-hander Eli Morgan, who came in with a 5.68 ERA, and the White Sox didn't accomplish much against the Cleveland bullpen either.

"We were back on our heels, the other team beat us to the punch offensively and defensively," La Russa said. "That's not how we play."

The White Sox hope to get back on track behind right-hander Lucas Giolito, who threw a no-hitter last season and made the AL All Star team in 2019.

Giolito (10-9, 3.70 ERA) said he plans to use his final two outings of the regular season to further sharpen his command and control after spending two weeks on the injured list earlier this month with a strained hamstring.

He won his first game in more than a month in his most recent outing on Sept. 19, allowing one run and six hits in 5 1/3 innings of a 7-2 win against the Texas Rangers.

"It was a good step forward from the last one," Giolito said. "Just continue to get more and more comfortable coming back off the IL."

Giolito raised his pitch count to 97 against the Rangers after throwing 87 five days earlier against the Los Angeles Angels in his return from the injured list.

"It felt good to get the pitch count a little bit higher," Giolito said. "Looking to stay in that same area, in the high 90s, low 100s, right up until playoffs."

Giolito said the best aspect of his stint on the injured list was it allowed his body some extended rest.

"That injury wasn't really much of anything to begin with, so I feel like I'm in a really good spot," he said. "Just building up the last two (starts) and going to be really strong going into these last couple weeks and playoffs."

Giolito has pitched well against Cleveland in both meetings this season, but doesn't have a win to show for those efforts.

He threw seven shutout innings against the Indians on April 13, but the White Sox lost 2-0 in 10 innings.

Giolito gave up two runs (one earned) in 5 1/3 innings on May 2, but once again received no run support in the 5-0 loss.

Giolito is 2-3 in nine career starts overall against Cleveland with a 2.21 ERA.

The Indians plan to send another rookie right-hander to the mound in the series finale.

Triston McKenzie (5-7, 4.67) is coming off his worst start of the season, allowing seven runs and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings of a 7-2 loss in a seven-inning game to the Kansas City Royals on Monday.

He gave up three home runs after not allowing the long ball in his previous five starts.

It was also the first time in seven starts he didn't pitch at least six innings and allow three runs or fewer.

McKenzie said he simply left some pitches up in the zone and the Royals took advantage.

"This game is all about adjustments," McKenzie said. "I felt like (Monday) I just didn't make them quick enough."

--Field Level Media

Updated September 26, 2021

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