The White Sox came off a nice road win against the hated Cubs, and were fresh off a day of rest, looking to extend their winning streak to two games in Pittsburgh.
The South Siders fell flat on their faces on Thursday night against the Pirates, dropping their record to 10-28, the worst mark in all of Major League Baseball. Reynaldo Lopez allowed six runs in two plus innings pitched, and Chicago never recovered.
They did make hard contact a few times and totaled seven hits, but the White Sox could not string a few of them together to produce any runs.
Lopez came into this game as the ace (for lack of a better word) of the Sox’ pitching staff, although the advanced statistics, like his alarmingly high FIP (fielding independent pitching) said that he was due for an outing like this.
Sure enough, for the first time this season, Lopez was rocked. Pittsburgh second baseman Adam Frazier launched a deep fly ball to right field for a no doubter home run on the second pitch of the ballgame and the Pirates never looked back.
Lopez’s issue tonight? Not walks, as it usually is for the White Sox’ pitching staff (he did give two free passes in two plus innings, but that was not the main problem). Instead, the Pirates chose to attack first pitch fastball early against the young native of San Pedro de Marcoris, Dominican Republic.
Lopez’s heater wasn’t working for him tonight, as instead of having its usual deadly combination of velocity and movement, it stayed straight and down in the zone, which led the Pirates’ hitters to tee off of it instead of waiting for his nasty slider and changeup later in the count.
On the hitting side, Pittsburgh’s Trevor Williams did well to shut down any South Side counter attack. He shut Chicago out, lasting seven innings and striking out six. The Sox came close to scoring a couple times, with Jose Abreu‘s monster double off the centerfield wall and Welington Castillo‘s long fly ball to left center that would have been a home run in nearly any other park.
Also notable, Yoan Moncada finally returned from a 10 day DL stint due to lingering hamstring problems. He went one for four, flying out twice, K’ing once and lining a single to center field in the top of the eighth inning.
Up next, the White Sox look to salvage the season series against the Pirates with Hector Santiago facing off against Jameson Taillon, in an early 11:35 AM start.
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