The White Sox struggled from top to bottom this afternoon, which can become a familiar trend as the team undergoes the rebuilding phase. One day after an exciting win, the White Sox came out flat, putting themselves into a deep hole early and were never able to climb out as the Mariners won 8-2 in the rubber match of the series.
After retiring the first batter of the game on just one pitch, Reynaldo Lopez would go on to allow the next four batters to reach base as he struggled to have command of his entire arsenal of pitches this afternoon. The Mariners took advantage of this, tagging Lopez for five runs in the first inning and working him for 40 pitches.
On the bright side, Reynaldo Lopez was able to keep the Mariners quiet during the rest of his outing. The five runs in the first inning would be all they were able to get against Lopez and he made it through five innings this afternoon, keeping the bullpen from needing to put in extra work.
Lopez walked more than he struck out today and that obviously was a result of the lack of control he struggled with, most notably with his slider and fastball. His pitches have a lot of life to them and he’s going to need to learn how to control them while he grows and develops over the years. This will help increase his strikeout numbers and help him push to become a top of the rotation starter that he’s been projected to be in the past.
Final Line: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R/ER, 4 BB, 1 K.
The White Sox were hit-less this afternoon until the sixth inning when Adam Engel stepped up to the plate and singled up the middle with two outs. Tim Anderson followed that up by blasting a two-run shot to left field, giving the White Sox their first two runs of the game.
If it weren’t for Tim Anderson, this game could’ve been a lot worse. The White Sox were only able to tally five hits in the game, with two of those coming off the bat of Anderson. Also, he was the only player in the lineup that did not strikeout today.
The White Sox will continue their road trip as they head to Anaheim to face the Angels. The series opener is on Monday, July 23 with first pitch being at 9:07 CT. Lucas Giolito will take the mound facing Jaime Barria.
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