The Baltimore Orioles and Chicago White Sox will wrap up a three-game series when they meet one more time at Oriole Park on Sunday afternoon. Chicago took the opener on Friday, winning two in a row on the heels of a seven-game losing streak. The Orioles are 1-7 in their last eight contests.
Two to the good
The White Sox have ended their seven-game skid with victories over Kansas City (4-2 in 12 innings on Wednesday) and Baltimore (8-6 on Friday). Omar Narvaez and Avisail Garcia each contributed two-run home runs as Chicago built a big lead and held on for victory in the opener against the Orioles. Rookie Ryan Cordell started his major-league career 0-for-15 before ending the drought in style with a solo shot that provided a late insurance run for his team. Second baseman Yoan Moncada had three hits Friday and has reached safely in 21 of his last 22 games. Right-hander Nate Jones earned his fifth save of the year and first since May 22.
Right-hander Lucas Giolito (10-10, 5.76 ERA) is taking the mound for Chicago on Sunday. Giolito has delivered five quality starts in his last six outings, lowering his ERA from 6.23 to well under 6.00 during this stretch. The 24-year-old most recently faced Kansas City this past Monday, when he worked 7.0 innings and surrendered three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out a trio of batters during 4-3 loss by the White Sox.
The Orioles hit another low point in their abominable 2018 campaign, becoming the 15th team in major-league history to lose 105 of their first 147 games. Trey Mancini hit a pair of solo homers for Baltimore on Friday, boosting his season total to 23–one shy of matching his career best from last year. Corban Joseph added a two-run single that doubled his RBI total from his first 10 games.
David Hess (3-10, 5.17 ERA) will oppose Giolito on Sunday. The right-hander has at least been serviceable over his last six starts, which is more than what he can say for the majority of an otherwise disastrous season. Hess has lowered his ERA more than a full point (from 6.41) during this stretch, which includes a decent performance in his most recent outing that was ruined by Baltimore’s defense. The 25-year-old faced Tampa Bay on Sept. 8 and logged 5.0 innings, allowing only two earned runs but six in total on seven hits and no walks to go along with three strikeouts in a 10-5 setback against the Rays.
The Baltimore Orioles are:
- 25-71 in their last 96 overall
- 16-36 in their last 52 home games
- 10-41 in their last 51 games against right-handed starters
The Chicago White Sox are:
- 13-5 in their last 18 road games
- 5-1 in Gioloto’s last six road starts
- 6-2 in Giolito’s last eight starts against teams with losing record