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Anderson and Lopez Shine, White Sox Down Red Sox 5-2 in Rubber Match

For the second time this weekend a White Sox pitcher starred on the mound and paced the White Sox to a 5-2 win. Sean Williams breaks down Reynaldo Lopez's big day.

The White Sox wrapped up an exciting weekend of baseball with a 5-2 win over the Boston Red Sox in the rubber match of this series. Right-hander Reynaldo Lopez put together his second consecutive strong outing, only this time he walked away with another win on his record.

Reynaldo Lopez showed early signs that he was going to be on today as he worked through a 1-2-3 inning in the top of the first. He only needed eight pitches to get through the inning and seven of them were for strikes. He picked up two strikeouts in this frame, one looking and one swinging.

Lopez would surrender his only earned run in the following inning as he gave up two consecutive hits to begin the frame. In the bottom of the third-inning, he would start to miss his spots with his fastball, eventually putting two runners on with JD Martinez at the plate. He would proceed to get Martinez to ground into a force out to end the inning and keep the White Sox lead intact.

As the game went on, Reynaldo Lopez would settle in until the sixth inning when he got into a bit of trouble. After allowing a lead-off single, the White Sox would turn a crisp 5-4-3 double play and it looked like this would be another quick inning. However, after a walk, single, and hit by pitch, the Red Sox had the bases loaded with two outs. Reynaldo Lopez would escape the jam without allowing a run to score by getting Blake Swihart to hit a weak pop fly on a high fastball.

Overall, this was another good outing by Reynaldo Lopez. His six strikeouts were the most he’s had in a game since his last victory against the Texas Rangers in late May. Anytime he got into a jam, he managed to get out of it unharmed. The Red Sox tagged him for one run early and that’s all they were able to do until the bottom of the seventh when a runner he was responsible for scored on a bases loaded, two out error by Yoan Moncada.

Final Line: 6.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K.

Tim Anderson had a fantastic day in the field and at the plate. He walked twice this afternoon, which was the fifth time in his career he’s had a multi-walk game. One of the walks came with the bases loaded which allowed the White Sox to take a 2-1 lead in the top half of the third inning.

A few innings later, Tim Anderson was on second-base after he walked and advanced on a sacrifice bunt. Trayce Thompson hit a weak grounder to the right-side and Rick Porcello went over to first-base to cover. As Porcello went to first, he tripped over the base and collided with the umpire. With Anderson noticing the collision, he was able to score from second-base on the play, giving the White Sox a 3-1 lead in the top of the sixth inning.

Defensively, Tim Anderson made a great play in the inning prior. With two outs and a runner on second-base, Xander Bogaerts hit a sharp grounder to Tim’s right-side. He was able to make a play on the ball while throwing Bogaerts out on the run. Tim Anderson ended the day going 0-2 at the plate, but he impacted this game greatly without needing a hit to do so.

Other impactful players today were Yoan Moncada who added two hits and was more aggressive at the plate which should help him get out of his slump and boost his confidence moving forward. Jose Abreu who continued to be a doubles machine as he had an RBI double to give the White Sox a 1-0 lead early. And last but not least, Daniel Palka who drove in two insurance runs with an RBI double to extend the White Sox lead to 5-2 in the top of the ninth.

The White Sox managed to play some of their best baseball this weekend and as a result, they were able to take two of three from the Red Sox on the road. The White Sox have another tough test coming up as they open up a four game home series with the Cleveland Indians starting on Monday, June 11. Lucas Giolito (7.08 ERA) will take the mound facing Carlos Carrasco (4.23 ERA) in the series opener with a 7:10 CT start.

Follow Sean Williams on Twitter–Feature Photo Credit: Chicago Tribune 

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Currently a BSN student at Chamberlain University. I recently moved to Phoenix, AZ. I’ve always been passionate about sports, whether that’s participating in them or watching them. Bears, Bulls, White Sox, and Blackhawks fan.

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