For the past week or so, the Sox offense had their ups & downs (mostly downs), but the Marlins in the 7th inning paid the price. That price being waking up a sleeping giant. Everything just came all together as 11 runs off of 12 hits were rattled off, making a deficit into a blowout win. These same White Sox that the BoSox are facing tonight, just took 2 out of 3 vs the Yankees. Since August 14, they are 11-4 in their last 15 games.

With the Yankees loss last night, the division lead is back up to 7.5 games, and the magic number has dropped to 22.

Rick Porcello takes the mound for the Red Sox. Porcello is looking to get in a good groove, with just over a month away from the playoffs starting. His last time out wasn’t all that bad, allowing 3 runs in 5 innings. Up until the 5th inning, it was a highly contested 1-1 rout. Rick and the bullpen ended up allowing 4 runs, while the Sox bats were stuck in neutral. This is his third straight try for Win #16, which would 2nd best for his career (22 in 2016).

He has faced the White Sox once before this season, taking the loss in a 5-2 game. But it wasn’t all his fault, giving a quality start of 6 innings 3 runs (2 ER).

Lucas Giolito takes the ball for the White Sox. Giolito’s top rated arm has yet to pan out after debuting two years ago. In his first full season, Giolito has registered a 5.85 ERA in 26 starts (144.2 innings). Probably not to the White Sox organizations’ liking and fans alike, the most damage against him has come at home (career 6.15 ERA). On the road however he has pitched to a respectable career 4.19 ERA. For 2018, hits allowed are not the problem, it’s in fact his walks given up (75 Walks, 1.44 WHIP).

Rick Porcello — Career vs Chicago White Sox in 24 starts, 11-9 with a 4.30 ERA. Career at U.S. Cellular Field in 11 starts, 6-4 with a 3.57 ERA.

Chicago White Sox:

Tim Anderson – 2 for 7 (.286 avg) Double, 2 RBIs, 2 Walks, 2 Ks

Matt Davidson – 0 for 2, 2 Ks

Nicky Delmonico – 2 for 3 (.667 avg) HR, 3 RBIs, K

Adam Engel – 0 for 2

Asivail Garcia – 7 for 20 (.350 avg) Double, 3 RBIs, Walk, 5 Ks

Ryan LaMarre – 0 for 1, Walk

Yoan Moncada – 1 for 5 (.200 avg) 2 Walks, 2 Ks

Omar Narvaez – 1 for 5 (.200 avg)

Daniel Palka – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) Double

Jose Rondon —–

Yolmer Sanchez – 5 for 15 (.333 avg) 2 Doubles, RBI, 2 Ks

Kevan Smith —–

Lucas Giolito — First career start vs the Boston Red Sox. Career at U.S. Cellular Field in 17 starts, 6-7 with a 6.15 ERA.

Boston Red Sox:

Ian Kinsler – 0 for 4, 2 Walks, 2 Ks

Kinsler is the only active Sox player to have previously faced Giolito.