MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Chi White Sox0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 350
Atlanta2 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 x 560
  W: J. Teheran (9-8)   L: L. Giolito (14-8)   S: M. Melancon (8)
2:10 PM PT3:10 PM MT4:10 PM CT5:10 PM ET17:10 ET21:10 GMT5:10 2:10 PM MST4:10 PM EST4:40 PM VEN1:10 UAE (+1)4:10 PM CT, September 1, 2019
SunTrust Park, Atlanta, Georgia  Attendance: 41,397

White Sox try to end skid at Braves

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Chicago White Sox at Atlanta Braves

  1. The Braves trail the all-time series with the White Sox, 8-7, but have won all three games played in Atlanta -- all back in June 2002. Chicago is 6-11 in interleague play this season, tied for fourth worst in MLB.
  2. The White Sox were swept by the Twins this week, striking out 33 times while walking only five times in the three-game set. The team's 4.19 strikeout/walk ratio is on pace to be the highest mark in a single season since batting strikeouts were first tracked league-wide in 1913.
  3. Atlanta has allowed three runs or fewer in nine of their last 11 games, posting a 2.20 ERA in that span; they had allowed four runs or more in 10 of the previous 11 games, allowing a 5.88 ERA over that time.
  4. Yolmer Sanchez recorded two hits in all three games of the series against the Twins and has at least one hit in 15 of his last 16 games. His .362 average since August 15 ranks fifth among AL players in that span (min. 50 PA).
  5. Freddie Freeman hit his 36th home run on Wednesday, extending his career high. He has a career-high 11 home runs this month and his 25 RBI are his second most in a single month, behind his 33 in June this season.
  6. Matt Joyce has six hits over his last three games, including a three-hit day in Wednesday's win over Toronto. He's hitting .302 in 22 games this month after hitting just .143 in 17 July games.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/30/2019 thru 9/1/2019

Lucas Giolito will continue his quest to become the first Chicago White Sox pitcher to be named Comeback Player of the Year when he takes his next turn on Sunday against the Atlanta Braves.

Giolito (14-7, 3.20 ERA) will start the finale of a three-game series against veteran Atlanta right-hander Julio Teheran (8-8, 3.39) at Atlanta's SunTrust Park.

The Braves have won the first two games of the series, taking Saturday night's contest 11-5 thanks to a six-run first inning. Atlanta has won three straight and holds a 5 1/2-game lead in the National League East. Chicago has lost five in a row.

Giolito ranks among the American League leaders in complete games (tied for first, three), shutouts (tied for first, two), opponents batting average (third, .208), opponents OPS (fourth, .642), ERA (fifth, 3.20), wins (tied for fifth, 14), strikeouts per nine innings (fifth, 11.59) and strikeouts (sixth, 203).

That's quite a contrast from a year ago when Giolito finished last among qualifying pitchers with a 6.13 ERA. The 2.93 improvement would be the second best in history behind Dick Ellsworth of the Chicago Cubs, who improved his ERA 2.98 runs from 1962-63. Giolito's 203 strikeouts are the most by a Chicago right-hander since Javier Vazquez (213) in 2007.

"It's pretty cool, knowing the year I had last year and the changes I made," Giolito recently told reporters. "It's a pretty good accomplishment. I'm happy about that. I knew that I was that type of pitcher. I just had to find it somewhere and I'm happy that I did."

Giolito is coming off a loss to the Minnesota Twins on Aug. 27. He pitched six innings and allowed two runs on four hits, three walks and nine strikeouts.

Giolito has never started against the Braves. He made one relief appearance against Atlanta in 2016 as a member of the Washington Nationals. He has been effective away from home. He is 9-2 on the road -- the most by a Sox pitcher since Jon Garland went 12-4 in 2006 -- with a 2.61 ERA and 111 strikeouts.

Teheran has been at his best over the last two starts, when he has pitched 13 consecutive scoreless innings. In his last start against the Colorado Rockies, Teheran allowed three hits, three walks and struck out four over six innings in the makeup game. Outside of a career-worst start against the New York Mets on Aug. 15, Teheran has a 1.92 ERA over his last nine starts.

"I just came in here and wanted to do my part," Teheran said.

The Braves are 17-11 in games that Teheran starts. He has won despite the lack of run support, with the club providing only 68 runs or 2.25 runs of support in each start.

Teheran lost his only career start against the White Sox. He allowed five runs over six innings in a loss at Chicago in 2016.

A win in the finale would secure Atlanta's first winning record in interleague competition since 2013. The Braves are 9-6 against the American League. Chicago is 6-13 against the National League and has been outscored 100-71 in interleague games.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 1, 2019

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