MLB.com is keeping track of a Stat of the Day for the White Sox this season, highlighting a unique, interesting or fun nugget from each game.
May 16: White Sox 4, Royals 3 -- Cease dominant over AL Central
Dylan Cease did not factor in the outcome of a 4-3 walk-off White Sox victory over the Royals on Sunday, allowing one unearned run on three hits, three walks and three strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings, but he continued his strong pitching within the American League Central. Cease has a a 1.61 ERA with eight walks and 25 strikeouts over four starts (one quality start) within the division this season. The right-hander has also tossed five-plus innings in each of his last four starts overall.
May 15: Royals 5, White Sox 1 -- Facing left did not go right
The pairing of an opposing left-handed starter on the mound and the White Sox offense has been a near-perfect victory combination for the South Siders since the start of the 2020 season, with the team posting a 22-2 record in that particular scenario. The only small blip has been two starts against the Royals' Mike Minor this season. Minor started on April 11 and allowed one run over four innings in a game won by the Royals, 4-3, in 10 innings at Guaranteed Rate Field. On Saturday, Minor was far more dominant, allowing one run on two hits over seven innings to earn the victory in a 5-1 final for Kansas City. The White Sox were 14-0 vs. left-handed starters last season and slipped to 8-2 in 2021 on Saturday.
May 14: White Sox 3, Royals 1 (Game 2) -- Vaughn's got pop
Despite not hitting his first home run until Wednesday, Andrew Vaughn has shown a lot of pop at the plate this season. With a second-inning home run that had an exit velocity of 107.6 mph in the nightcap of a doubleheader, each of Vaughn's last six hits and seven of his past eight have been hard-hit balls (95-plus mph off the bat), per Statcast. Of his 21 hits on the season, 15 have been of the hard-hit variety, with another coming in at 94.6 mph.
May 13: White Sox 4, Twins 2 -- Anderson's leadoff HR
Tim Anderson didn't wait long to get the White Sox moving in the right direction on Thursday. In fact, he didn't wait at all. Anderson launched the first pitch from Michael Pineda for a solo home run, marking the 79th homer of his career. The 377-foot drive also represented Anderson's 10th career leadoff homer and his fifth career leadoff homer on the first pitch. Anderson's 10 leadoff homers rank second all-time in franchise history, trailing only Ray Durham's 20.
May 12: White Sox 13, Twins 8 -- Four! Hamilton rakes
Billy Hamilton has a role based on speed and defense with the first-place White Sox, but he flexed his muscles with the bat to help his team secure a series win. Hamilton snapped an 0-for-14 skid with a triple in the second inning and finished a home run shy of the cycle in a four-hit game. It's the third such game of his career and first since Aug. 29, 2018 vs. Milwaukee, when he was with the Reds. He also recorded his 37th career triple and first since April 24, 2019, against the Rays, while with the Royals.
May 11: White Sox 9, Twins 3 -- Lucky No. 9
The No. 9, as in nine runs scored, has proven to be quite a good omen for the White Sox offense. With their victory Tuesday night over the Twins, the White Sox have scored nine runs in three straight games and in four of their last six. It's the first time they have scored nine-plus in three consecutive games since July 27-29, 2015 (10, 9 and 9 in those three). The White Sox improved to 4-0 in the midst of 13 straight games against the Royals and Twins, outscoring them by a 30-7 margin.
May 9: White Sox 9, Royals 3 -- White Sox roll in Kansas City
The White Sox should call Kauffman Stadium their home away from home. With Sunday's 9-3 victory over the Royals, the White Sox have won 10 straight in Kansas City. They swept the Royals for the third time in the last year, including a three-game sweep last July 31-Aug. 2 and a four-game sweep last Sept. 3-6. The White Sox are 4-1 vs. the Royals in 2021 and 13-2 vs. the Royals since the start of last season, a stretch in which the South Siders have outscored them 101-48. The 10-game White Sox winning streak at Kauffman is tied for the third-longest win streak by a visiting opponent in the 49-year history of this ballpark, trailing their own 11-game win streak from July 12, 1996, to June 4, 1998, and a 12-game win streak by Oakland from May 31, 2003, to April 30, 2006.
May 8: White Sox 9, Royals 1 -- First-inning outpouring fuels win
The White Sox had only one run on three hits over their final eight innings Saturday night at Kauffman Stadium, but that small total followed Chicago scoring eight runs on nine hits in the first inning. It was the first time the White Sox scored eight-plus runs in the first inning since April 21, 2002, vs. Detroit, when they also scored eight. It was the first time the White Sox have scored eight-plus runs in the first inning of a road game since June 18, 2000, at Yankee Stadium, when they scored nine runs in the opening frame, and it was the most runs the White Sox have ever scored in the first inning against the Royals.
May 7: White Sox 3, Royals 0 -- Collins' timely homer
The White Sox don't have Eloy Jiménez. They don't have Luis Robert. And with power numbers a bit down for José Abreu and Yasmani Grandal, Chicago ranks last in the American League in home runs with 26. This is the same basic group leading the AL with 96 homers in 2020. But a home run made the difference in the series-opening win against the Royals, as Zack Collins connected off Brad Keller for his second home run with one out in the fifth. It was the White Sox first hit and the only run needed by starter Carlos Rodón, who improved to 5-0.
May 5: Reds 1, White Sox 0 (10 innings) -- Moncada's streak snapped
Yoán Moncada snapped his on-base streak at 16 games following an 0-for-3 day against the Reds. Moncada hit .339 during the stretch with a .433 on-base percentage. Moncada's longest streak within a single season is 19 games, which he accomplished from Sept. 2-22, 2019.
May 4: White Sox 9, Reds 0 -- Cease's impressive night
In his hitting debut, Dylan Cease went 3-for-3 despite never having had a plate appearance in the Minor or Major Leagues. He became the second American League pitcher to record a three-hit game since the start of the designated hitter era. Jarrod Washburn completed the feat for the Angels on July 7, 2001. Right-handed-hitting Cease recorded two singles and a double on a fly ball to right field.
May 2: Indians 5, White Sox 0 -- A rare loss for Giolito
Lucas Giolito lost his third straight start, although he pitched well enough to win against the Indians. But that loss to Cleveland was Giolito's first against the Indians since June 11, 2018, at Guaranteed Rate Field. Giolito is 2-3 with a 2.21 ERA in 57 career innings against the Indians. But in his two starts facing Cleveland this season, Giolito has allowed one earned run over 12 1/3 innings with 16 strikeouts, but has received zero runs of offensive support. The White Sox are 1-5 in Giolito starts this season.
May 1: White Sox 7, Indians 3 -- Anderson breaks streak
Tim Anderson's second career grand slam, coming in the second inning off Triston McKenzie, was all the offense needed by the White Sox. But it also broke a streak of 15 straight solo home runs for the elite leadoff hitter, dating back to Sept. 6, 2019, against the Angels. The last player in the Majors before Tim Anderson with 15-plus straight solo home runs was Cameron Maybin with 16 in a row from July 20, 2018 to Aug. 14, 2020. The last White Sox player with 15+ straight solo home runs before Tim Anderson was Ken Berry with 15 in a row from Sept. 2, 1965 to May 26, 1967.