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The Chicago White Sox defeated the Boston Red Sox 6-1 on Friday night/Saturday morning. The game experienced a lengthy rain delay in between the third inning that lasted over two hours. With the victory, the White Sox advance to 54-81 on the season while the Red Sox drop to 93-43 with the loss. Nate Eovaldi took the hill for Boston while former Red Sox prospect Michael Kopech did so for Chicago. The game was played at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago.
The game commenced with an early lead for the Windy City team, as the White Sox tagged Nate Eovaldi for three runs in the first. In fact, it was the other former Red Sox prospect who did the most damage in the inning. With a 1-0 lead, Yoan Moncada hit a ball sharply to left field, which just carried over the fence. It was a two-run jack and propelled the team to a 3-0 advantage.
The Red Sox also had early opportunities but, unfortunately, they failed to capitalize on them. In the first, Kopech was extremely erratic, plunking Mookie Betts and then throwing four straight balls to Andrew Benintendi. It appeared a big inning was in order for Boston but Betts made a baserunning mistake and Kopech induced two weak fly balls to end the threat. He ended up pitching two more innings and did not come back for the 4th, which occurred after the grueling rain delay.
Drew Pomeranz took over for Boston in the 3rd and he was surprisingly dealing. The southpaw went four innings of scoreless baseball, striking out six and walking none. The K:BB ratio was entirely encouraging.
In the 8th, Benintendi provided the only spark for the Red Sox offense with a solo-homer to left field. It was his 16th long ball of the 2018 season.
The Boston Red Sox take on the Chicago White Sox at 7:10 p.m. eastern on Saturday night. The forecast looks ominous but, if they get the game in, Eduardo Rodriguez will take the mound for the first time in over a month. Carlos Rodon will oppose him for the White Sox. It will be the third of a four-game set.