The White Sox continued their strong play in the second game of a three game set against the AL West leading Astros as Naperville native Collin McHugh took the hill for the Astros young Sox righty Miguel Gonzalez. The Astros entered the series with the best road record in the majors but after falling 8 to 3 in the first game last night, the struggles continued for the Houston offense.
Gonzalez pitched well going eight innings giving up only 1 run on 5 hits. He was economical throughout throwing 105 total pitches. He had his first leadoff walk of the season to start the second inning but that would be the only walk he would surrender in the outing. Gonzalez’s record improves to 5-10 on the year and some teams in playoff contention may consider him an option to fill out their rotation.
The offense backed up Gonzalez’s solid start well, after a scoreless first four innings the offense kicked it into gear scoring 4 runs in the bottom of the 5th, beginning with a 2 run homer from Tim Anderson, his 11th this season. Anderson had a strong game with a double to go along with that home run, as well as 3 RBI’s.
The young players continued to perform with Nicky Delmonico going 3 for 4 and scoring a run in the 5th. Yoan Moncada did not go quietly as he went 1 for 2 with a double and 2 walks. It was another excellent outing for the rebuilding White Sox against one of the American League’s best. Tomorrow the Sox will attempt the sweep as Brad Peacock will take the mound for Houston against Sox lefty Carlos Rodon at 7:10 PM CT.