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Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago, Illinois  Attendance: 30,028

White Sox RHP Dylan Cease faces A's, aims to continue dominance

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Oakland Athletics at Chicago White Sox

  1. The White Sox took three of four from the A's at Guaranteed Rate Field last year, their first series victory when hosting Oakland since winning two of three in 2016. These teams have split 84 games against one another in Chicago since 2000, with each winning 42.
  2. Since falling to 30-60 on July 13, the A's are 8-3 and have won three and split one of their four series in that time, including most-recently recording their first sweep of the year by going 3-0 versus Houston.
  3. Sean Murphy has reached base via a hit, walk or hit by pitch in 16 consecutive games, the second-longest active streak in the American League (Julio Rodriguez -- 21). He leads all catchers this month in hits (25), total bases (42) and times on base (37).
  4. The White Sox split two games in Colorado, winning 2-1 on Tuesday and losing 6-5 on Wednesday. This season, Chicago is yielding 7.0 runs per game in losses compared to 2.2 in wins, the largest split in MLB.
  5. Lance Lynn allowed eight runs over 3.1 innings in his first career start against the A's but is 4-0 with a 2.21 ERA over his last seven. He notched his second quality start of the year on Saturday with 6.0-shutout innings against the Guardians.
  6. James Kaprielian yielded two hits over 5.0 shutout innings on Saturday, giving him a 2.05 ERA and a .182 opponent batting average this month. He has faced the White Sox once before, allowing one run over 4.0 innings against them on September 7 last year in Oakland.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 7/29/2022 thru 7/31/2022
(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

After a walk-off wild pitch propelled them to a comeback victory on Saturday night, the Chicago White Sox look to a pitcher who has been a picture of control as they aim to snag a series win.

Chicago right-hander Dylan Cease (10-4, 2.03 ERA) will start Sunday against the visiting Oakland Athletics and is eager to cap a sterling July with another solid start.

Cease is 4-1 with an ERA of 0.61 in five starts this month after going 2-1 with a 0.33 ERA in five starts in June. That dominance wasn't enough to secure Cease a spot on the American League All-Star team, but he hardly sulked.

Pitching against Cleveland on July 24 in his first start of the second half of the season, Cease scattered seven hits, walked one and struck out four in six shutout innings.

"Just trying to win is enough motivation for me," Cease said. "But I'll take any chip on my shoulder I can get."

In addition to his performances, Cease, 26, continues to impress White Sox manager Tony La Russa with his demeanor.

"He's happy, he pitches. Disappointed, he pitches," La Russa said. "He's an old pro at a young age."

After rolling to a 7-3 victory in Friday's series opener, the A's had a 2-0 lead entering the seventh inning Saturday. The bullpen couldn't hold the advantage, however.

Gavin Sheets tied the game with a two-run homer in the seventh, then doubled to lead off a ninth-inning rally that saw pinch-runner Adam Engel score the winning run on a Zach Jackson wild pitch.

While Oakland's winning streak ended at four games, the A's would claim their second successive series victory with a win on Sunday.

Seth Brown has three solo home runs in the current series. He connected for two Friday in his first game after the birth of his first child, a son named Cannon.

Rookie right-hander Adam Oller (1-3, 8.07) will start for Oakland on Sunday in his first career appearance against the White Sox.

Oller is coming off a more monumental first, earning career victory No. 1 Monday with five innings of four-hit ball, allowing four runs (three earned) and two walks while striking out four.

"It's unreal," Oller said of the milestone. "It only took four months, but we got it. It goes back to all the stuff in between. All the ups and downs through the minor leagues. The long hours in the offseason working. To finally get to this point, it goes to trusting yourself."

Cease took a no-decision in his lone career start against Oakland, allowing three runs and four hits in six innings last August. He has not allowed a run in his past 20 2/3 innings overall.

Tim Anderson, who singled twice Saturday, continues to be active for Chicago as he appeals a three-game suspension stemming from an incident during the seventh inning of Friday's 7-3 loss.

Anderson made contact with plate umpire Nick Mahrley while arguing a call and was ejected from the game.

--Field Level Media

Updated July 31, 2022

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