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Six Pack of Stats: White Sox 9, Angels 3

After an exciting series win against the Red Sox, the White Sox welcomed the Angels for the first of a three-game series in Chicago. Fortunately, the bullpen delivered five scoreless innings, and the offense was quite lively. As a result, the South Siders got their 83rd win of the season with relative ease. Let’s take a look at how it happened.The StartersLucas Giolito returned from the injured list with a strong performance. While three earned runs in four innings does not sound great, Giolito performed better than those numbers would lead us to believe.All three of the runs Giolito allowed came on home runs that would have normally been fly outs. However, tonight’s luck was not on Giolito’s side, as he allowed home runs with expected batting averages of .170 and .300. As far as his ability to miss bats, Giolito was not rusty in the slightest. Giolito racked up 18 whiffs, which made up 40% of all swings by the Angels against him.Giolito finished with four innings, three runs, three hits, two walks, and eight strikeouts. Here is a closer look at his 87-pitch performance: After a quiet first inning, the White Sox made things difficult for rookie Packy Naughton. Naughton threw 58 pitches before being removed after two and two-thirds innings Jace Fry Jersey, as limiting sharp contact was an issue for him.Luis Robert launched a 434-foot home run in the second inning to tie the game, and it only got worse from there. A double by Leury García followed by an RBI single by Gavin Sheets gave the White Sox a 2-1 lead. The White Sox led the rest of the way. In the third, the South Siders added a few insurance runs, and Naughton was responsible for two of them. The score was still 2-1 when Naughton left the game, but the two hitters he allowed to reach base went on to score after the bullpen took over.Here is how the 58-pitch outing from Naughton shaped up: Pressure PlayWhen Luis Rengifo came up to bat for the Angels in the fifth against Mike Wright Jr., the score was 7-3, but the bases were loaded. In addition, the fact that there were two outs added to the leverage index. As a result, this at-bat had a leverage index of 2.29, the highest of the game. Fortunately, after issuing three walks, Wright pitched out of the jam by striking out Rengifo.Pressure CookerOn average, White Sox reliever Mike Wright Jr. faced the most high-pressure situations out of any player in this game, with a pLI of 1.14. Wright put himself in a difficult position by walking three batters in his only inning of work, but he escaped without allowing any runs.Top PlayThe three-run homer by Sheets increased the South Siders’ odds of winning the game by 15.9% . That home run gave the White Sox three insurance runs and made the score 6-1.Top PerformerIn terms of WPA, Sheets was tonight’s top performer, finishing with at .276.SmackdownHardest hit: Luis Robert’s third inning double left his bat at 111.7 mph.Weakest contact: By contrast, Yasmani Grandal’s eighth inning ground out had an exit velocity of only 52.1 mph.Luckiest hit: The fourth inning home run by Jared Walsh had an xBA of only .170.Toughest out: Robert’s seventh inning line out had an xBA of .670, but with the exception of this award, he did not have anything to show for it.Longest hit: Sheets’ 447-foot home run edges out Robert’s 434-foot home run to claim this award Number: 9Success in the postseason is often linked to production from all parts of a lineup instead of a ton of success from a couple of core players. Tonight, the bottom of the order was on fire, as the bottom four hitters in the lineup racked up a total of nine hits Chicago White Sox T-Shirts. In addition, those hitters drove in seven runs, with four of them coming from WPA MVP Gavin Sheets.

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