Yoan Moncada, Yermin Mercedes homer as White Sox complete doubleheader sweep.
Dylan Cease completed five innings. And then some.
In grand fashion.
The White Sox’ talented right-hander, who hadn’t pitched more than 4 2⁄3 innings in his first four starts of the season, pitched a seven-inning complete game shutout, helping the Sox complete a doubleheader sweep with a 11-0 victory over the Tigers Thursday night at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Cease struck out nine, walked none and allowed three hits. It was the first shutout of his career. He threw 91 pitches, 66 for strikes.
Yoan Moncada hit a three-run homer and Yermin Mercedes hit a 449-shot into the shrubbery beyond the center field wall for his fifth homer as the Sox (14-10) blew the game wide open in a seven-run fifth.
Jose Abreu singled in two runs against Michael Fulmer after Leury Garcia and Nick Madrigal each drove in runs with singles in a four-run third. Fulmer replaced left-hander Matthew Boyd, who left the game in the second inning with knee tendinitis.
Garcia knocked in three runs, stole a base and made a running catch in right field after driving in the go-ahead runs in the Sox’ 3-1 victory in Game 1.
Andrew Vaughn was 3-for-4 including two doubles and two runs scored in the nightcap, raising his average to .273. Nick Madrigal had three hits, and the bottom third of the lineup — Vaughn, Garcia and Madrigal — combined for six of the Sox’ 15 hits.
The Sox improved to 19-1 against left-handed starters since the start of the 2020 season. Cease improved to 6-0 during his career against Detroit (8-18).
Cease matched his career high by going seven innings.
The Sox, who have won six of their last seven games, open a three-game home series against the Indians Friday.
In the opener, Carlos Rodon pitched six innings of one-run ball with a career high 12 strikeouts.