Lance Lynn of the White Sox throws in game one of a doubleheader against the Twins at Guaranteed Rate Field on July 19, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images) | Getty
Lance Lynn lowered his ERA to 1.94 with seven innings of one-run ball.
Two days after signing a multiyear extension with the White Sox and six days after pitching in the All-Star Game, right-hander Lance Lynn reminded everyone why the Sox will shell out $18.5 million for each of the next two seasons for his services.
Lynn pitched seven innings of one-run ball in a 3-2 Sox loss in eight innings in Game 1 of a doubleheader Monday at Guaranteed Rate Field, lowering his ERA another few notches to an American League best 1.94.
“The big thing is don’t suck the first one out after it, really,” Lynn said.
“You’re honored to get the extension and be here and all that, and you want to make sure you go out and prove it,” Lynn said. “And you definitely don’t want to have a bad one.
“But when it’s all said and done, you have to go out there and make pitches and stay within yourself, and I was able to do that.”
Lynn was handed a 1-0 lead by Tim Anderson his fellow All-Star shortstop’s third homer in three days, a two-out shot in the third against Griffin Jax that extended his hitting streak to 16 games. Nelson Cruz tied it with a two-out blast in the sixth, Lynn’s only mistake.
The Twins got two in the eighth against Garrett Crochet and Ryan Burr, Cruz’s sacrifice fly and Jorge Polanco’s RBI single pushing the runs across. Jose Abreu’s RBI double in the bottom of the inning put the tying run on second but pinch hitter Gavin Sheets struck out and Adam Engel flied out as the Sox lost for just the second time in their last nine games.
Lynn struck out four, walked one and allowed five hits.
“He missed his location on the one pitch to Cruz, he was upset about it, but he was outstanding as always,” manager Tony La Russa said.
Anderson extended his hitting streak to a career high 16 and has had a hit and scored a run in 12 straight games, extending a franchise record.
Anderson had a chance to win Game 1 batting with two on and two outs in the seventh but popped out on a 3-0 pitch from Tyler Duffey that was a few inches inside. He did not start in Game 2, getting a rest from La Russa.
Abreu passes Fisk on HR list
Jose Abreu’s 17th home of the season and 215th of his career, against Jose Berrios in Game 2, moved him past Carlton Fisk for fourth all-time in franchise history, behind Frank Thomas (448), Paul Konerko (432) and Harold Baines (221).
TBS picked up the Aug. 1 game against the Indians (1:10 pm), a national broadcast. NBC Sports Chicago will carry the game in the Chicago market. The Sox at Twins game Aug. 11 (12:10 p.m.) has been picked up by YouTube, an exclusive broadcast that will not be televised on NBC Sports Chicago.
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Reynaldo Lopez started game two and pitched three innings, allowing two runs (one earned stemming from his error on a pickoff attempt).
*Right-hander Matt Foster was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte as the 27th man for the doubleheader and appeared in Game 2.
*The Sox have played six doubleheaders. They entered Monday with sweeps over the Red Sox, Tigers and Orioles and splts against the Royals and Tigers.