White Sox Stat of the Day: June 2021

July 1st, 2021

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.

June 30: White Sox 13, Twins 3 -- Abreu's homerless streak ends
José Abreu has just two home runs in June, a quiet month which ended with the White Sox complete destruction of the Twins Wednesday night at Guaranteed Rate Field. One of those home runs came on Wednesday, marking Abreu's first time clearing the fences since June 16. Abreu now has 211 homers as a member of the White Sox, needing four to pass Carlton Fisk (214) for fourth place all-time and 11 to top Harold Baines (221) for third. Both Fisk and Baines are Hall of Famers.

June 29: White Sox 7, Twins 6 -- Burr's brilliance continues
Ryan Burr has been a bullpen revelation since his first outing of the season on May 31. The right-hander threw 1 1/3 perfect innings in the series opener against the Twins, and he has now retired 15 straight hitters. Burr has faced 38 hitters since joining the White Sox and has set down 34. He has a career-high scoreless innings streak of 12 straight, covering nine games, and has allowed one hit during that time.

June 27: Mariners 3, White Sox 2 (Game 1) and White Sox 7, Mariners 5 (Game 2) -- Mercedes mashes
Yermín Mercedes might be starting to get the feel back at the plate that the designated hitter displayed during a record-breaking April. Mercedes knocked out three hits overall in Sunday's two games (caused by the completion of Saturday's suspended game), but also drove in three runs in Game 2. Mercedes had only driven in multiple runs in a game one other time during June, on June 12 against Detroit when he also had three RBIs.

June 25: Mariners 9, White Sox 3 -- Grandal's plate presence
Yasmani Grandal drew his 55th walk of the season in Friday's loss to the Mariners, leaving him second in baseball in that particular category to the Rangers' Joey Gallo. But the White Sox catcher/designated hitter is flexing his power stroke a bit, too. Grandal's second-inning home run marked his second over his last eight games and his sixth since the start of June. He's now tied with José Abreu for the team lead with 12.

June 23: White Sox 4, Pirates 3 -- González notches first hit in the bigs
In the top of the second, Luis González hit a line-drive double into left to secure his first big league hit. González was drafted in 2017 by the White Sox and has an .829 OPS in five career at-bats.

June 22: Pirates 6, White Sox 3 -- Giolito notches 1st hit
In the bottom of the third, Lucas Giolito hit a hard ground ball into left field for Chicago’s first hit of the game. It marked the first time a White Sox pitcher recorded the first hit of a game since Scott Schoeneweis hit a third-inning double on June 16, 2004, against the Marlins. Giolito also pitched an impressive six innings, allowing just two runs on four hits with seven strikeouts.

June 20: Astros 8, White Sox 2 -- Harsh reality for Mercedes
The White Sox are in first place in the American League Central partially because of the work designated hitter Yermín Mercedes did with his bat in April. But those numbers have changed drastically, especially over the past three weeks. Dropped to the eighth spot in the lineup for Sunday's 8-2 loss at Minute Maid Park, Mercedes finished 0-for-3 and is hitless in his last 21 at-bats. He also is 6-for-67 with a double and five RBIs in his last 19 games. Since his 3-0 home run swing in the ninth inning off Minnesota position player Willians Astudillo with the White Sox leading, 15-4, on May 17, Mercedes is 14-for-100.

June 19: Astros 7, White Sox 3 -- Houston, Lynn has a problem
Lance Lynn has been one of the best pitchers in baseball through the first three months of the 2021 season, but the Astros appear to be his recent kryptonite. Lynn entered Saturday's contest with a 1.51 ERA, the second-lowest White Sox ERA after 12 starts since 1920, but exited with a 2.02 ERA after allowing five earned runs over four innings pitched. Lynn has given up 28 earned runs over his last 29 2/3 innings against Houston, dropping to 0-5 in five starts during that stretch. He has also allowed 26 earned runs over his last 38 2/3 innings thrown at Minute Maid Park with a 0-6 record in six starts.

June 18: Astros 2, White Sox 1 -- Stingy Rodón
Here's how dominant Carlos Rodón has been pretty much all season, but specifically since starting this past Sunday against Detroit. At one point in the fifth inning on Friday, opposing hitters were a combined 1-for-35 against the southpaw over his last two starts. Rodón retired the first 13 faced before settling for one run allowed on three hits over seven innings and 106 pitches. Rodón has eight starts this season where he has worked at least five innings and allowed three hits or less, and he has given up just 42 hits over 73 2/3 innings overall.

June 17: Astros 10, White Sox 2 -- Cease dominates Detroit, steady elsewhere
When Dylan Cease suffered the loss in Thursday's 10-2 setback to the Astros at Minute Maid Park, he fell to 14-14 overall for his career. But there's a story behind those numbers, with the right-hander sitting at 8-0 with a 2.09 ERA over eight career starts against the Tigers among that break-even record. For the 2021 season alone, Cease is 3-0 with a 0.95 ERA in three starts vs. Detroit but now has a 2-3 record with a 5.12 ERA over his 11 other starts.

June 16: White Sox 8, Rays 7 (10) -- Abreu snaps homerless streak
José Abreu broke out his home run trot after it was absent for the past 15 games. His two-run blast in the fourth marked his first home run in June and his first in 64 plate appearances and 60 at-bats. The blast to left gave Abreu 210 career home runs, leaving him just five away from passing Carlton Fisk (214) for fourth on the franchise's all-time list and 12 away from passing Harold Baines (221) for the third spot.

June 15: White Sox 3, Rays 0 -- Sox own another southpaw
If it's a left-hander on the mound for the opposition, it must mean a pretty good chance for victory for the White Sox. Tampa Bay southpaw Shane McClanahan got the call at Guaranteed Rate Field, and the White Sox raised their record to 31-4 over the last two seasons against left-handed starters. The American League Central leaders are 17-4 this season vs. lefties. Chicago leads MLB vs. left-handers this season in on-base percentage, slugging percentage and OPS and ranks third in batting average.

June 14: Rays 5, White Sox 2 -- Crochet's streak snapped
Left-handed reliever Garrett Crochet had only allowed one earned run in his 27 1/3 career innings with the White Sox over two seasons entering the eighth inning. He had also never allowed a home run. Both of those numbers changed quickly when Randy Arozarena connected on a 3-2 pitch, leading off the frame for a home run to right-center. The 395 foot drive with a 106.6 mph exit velocity, per Statcast, also ended Crochet's scoreless-innings streak this season at 16. Crochet faced 114 batters before allowing that first long ball.

June 13: White Sox 4, Tigers 1 -- Chicago dominates Detroit
Sometimes, one team just has another's number. That's been the case lately with the White Sox, who finished off a series sweep Sunday to move to 8-2 on the season against the Tigers and 29-9 since 2019. That number includes a 9-1 record in 2020, Chicago's best single-season mark in the 120-year history of the series.

June 12: White Sox 15, Tigers 2 -- Sox scoring in droves
Saturday's 15 runs were plenty enough for a win, but they didn't mark the most Chicago had scored this season: The White Sox outscored the Twins, 16-4, on May 17, and have plated double-digit runs in six contests this season. Chicago's +103 run differential leapfrogged the Dodgers (+89) for the best in MLB.

June 11: White Sox 5, Tigers 4 (10) -- Giolito's stellar road stats
Lucas Giolito is 14-4 with a 2.81 ERA and 201 strikeouts across 25 road starts (152 innings) since 2019. Giolito's .778 win percentage during that stretch is among the top 10 of all pitchers with at least 10 starts and 50 innings.

June 10: White Sox 5, Blue Jays 2 -- Grandal goes deep
It was one month ago when White Sox catcher Yasmani Grandal was hitting .113 with two home runs, despite getting on base at a prolific rate via the walk. But Grandal's bat has started to warm up, especially in the home run category. A first-inning blast gave Grandal eight home runs and 13 RBIs over his last 57 at-bats, making him one of just two White Sox players with double-digit home run totals, joining José Abreu.

June 9: Blue Jays 6, White Sox 2 -- Lynn finds success at home
Lance Lynn has been great all season, but he has been especially dominant at Guaranteed Rate Field. The right-hander allowed one run on four hits over seven innings, striking out nine without issuing a walk in the no-decision. For the season, Lynn has allowed seven earned runs in 50 innings thrown at home (1.26 ERA), where he has a 6-1 record over eight starts, not to mention putting up 58 strikeouts. Opponents are 29-for-180 against Lynn in Chicago.

June 8: White Sox 6, Blue Jays 1 -- Closing time for Hendriks
Liam Hendriks is giving the White Sox everything they could have wanted as an elite closer and then some. The right-hander did not earn a save in pitching the ninth inning in the series opener, but he extended his scoreless innings streak to 11 2/3 innings over 13 games. Hendriks has retired 23 of the last 24 batters faced, including 12 strikeouts, and had a streak of 22 straight retired until Rowdy Tellez's two-out double in the ninth.

June 6: White Sox 3, Tigers 0 -- Cease dominates Tigers
The White Sox clearly knew what they were doing in moving Dylan Cease from Tuesday's originally scheduled start against the Blue Jays into Sunday's series finale against the Tigers at Guaranteed Rate Field. The switch gave the southpaw an extra two days' rest and put Cease against a team he dominates. Cease improved to 7-0 with a 1.91 ERA and 47 strikeouts over 42 1/3 innings in seven career starts vs. the Tigers. He's the first White Sox hurler to win each of his first seven-plus starts against one team since Mark Buehrle (7-0 against Texas from 2001-05). Cease also owns a 17 1/3 scoreless-innings streak against the Tigers, who haven't scored against him since the fourth inning on Aug. 18, 2020, in Chicago.

June 5: Tigers 4, White Sox 3 -- Mercedes makes mark behind dish
Yermín Mercedes pinch-hit for Zack Collins in the bottom of the eighth and then remained in the game at catcher. It was the 28-year-old rookie's first big league appearance behind the plate and in doing so, as unearthed by NBC Sports Chicago’s Chris Kamka, Mercedes became just the fifth player in White Sox history to catch and pitch in the same season (he pitched during an 11-4 loss to the Red Sox on April 19). Only Frank Isbell has accomplished the feat more than once, doing so for Chicago in 1902 and 1906.

June 4: White Sox 9, Tigers 8 -- La Russa's historic win
Yermín Mercedes capped off a roller coaster of a game with a walk-off single to secure a victory for Chicago, breaking an 0-for-25 hitless streak. But the win was also a milestone for White Sox manager Tony La Russa, as he moved into a tie for second place on the all-time manager wins list with his 2,763rd victory, matching fellow Hall of Famer John McGraw. Only Connie Mack (3,731) has more.

June 3: White Sox 4, Tigers 1 -- A rare ejection
Lucas Giolito, the White Sox ace who did not appear in the game, was ejected at the start of the ninth inning. But the entire far left side of the home dugout expressed their displeasure with home-plate umpire Will Little when he called strike three on Yoán Moncada on a pitch Statcast showed to be out of the zone to end the eighth. According to winning pitcher Lance Lynn, Little told Giolito to go look at the call after he disagreed. "It's unfortunate because Gio's a good dude," Lynn said. "And he got told to go do something, and he did it, and the umpire threw him out for doing what he was told to do." It was Giolito's second career ejection but first since 2017.

June 1: Indians 6, White Sox 5 -- Moncada's OBP keeps climbing
Yoán Moncada is getting on base in every way possible. On Tuesday, the talented third baseman finished 2-for-3 with two walks. He raised his average to .301 and has a team-best .429 on-base percentage and an .861 OPS. He's also playing Gold Glove-caliber defense in the field.