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Analysis Spring Training 2019 White Sox

White Sox: Pitching Struggles Lead to 11-4 Loss to Reds

Reynaldo Lopez took the mound today for the #WhiteSox in what was his first start of Spring Training. Anthony has more on the game here.

Fresh off their first win of Spring Training, The White Sox were right back at it Wednesday afternoon where they would fall to the Cincinnati Reds 11-4. Reynaldo Lopez took the mound for the first time where he showed he is shaking off some rust. Lopez allowed two runs on five hits in just two innings of work.

Reynaldo’s fastball sat in the mid 90’s today but he just didn’t have his usual stuff. In his next start, look for Lopez to be more comfortable on the mound where he will likely go three to four plus innings.

The Red’s top prospect and number six overall according to MLB.com, Nick Senzel, had himself a day against at the plate going 3-3 with an RBI. As for his fellow top 10 prospect, Eloy Jimenez, continued to struggle. Eloy faced a true veteran pitcher in Tanner Roark where the veteran got the best of the rookie in his first at-bat. Jimenez would go 0-3 with two strikeouts on the day.

It wasn’t all pretty for Roark in his one and a third innings of work, Yonder Alonso would homer yet again in his second consecutive game to get the Sox on the board in the bottom of the first. Alonso has looked like the player that can be moved at the deadline in the early goings of the season. Jon Jay would also contribute via the long ball with his solo shot in the top of the third.

A key turning point in the game happened in the bottom of the fourth when Yolmer Sanchez was on third base. Blake Rutherford hit into a questionable fly ball that could have been a single to left field. Yolmer would then go on to tag, but the home plate umpire said he left too early. After watching the replay you can tell this clearly wasn’t the case but the last thing Spring Training baseball needs is a replay system.

Yoan Moncada continued his hot start as he got on base twice today. Yoan took a pitch that wasn’t in the zone on a two strike count for a single up the middle in one of his at-bats today. This is a positive sign that the 23-year-old has improved on taking close pitches for strike three.

If there is one thing Sox fans can look forward too, it is the emergence of Moncada. Yoan is determined to have a bounce back year. After leading the league in strike-outs a year ago, Moncada was ready to get to work almost immediately after the season ended. Be on the lookout for a breakout year from the new third-basemen.

As for the injury report, it was reported yesterday that pitching prospect, Dane Dunning, had felt discomfort in his forearm. Normally this isn’t a good sign and could lead the way for a possible Tommy John surgery. As fans, we can only pray we don’t lose another prospect due to injury.

Daniel Palka is on track to return back to the lineup soon after he experienced tightness in his hamstring. We would later learn that this was caused from dehydration, Palka claims he was drinking too much coffee instead of water.

On Deck

The White Sox will look to get back in the win column against the Seattle Mariners tomorrow afternoon where first pitch is scheduled for 2:10 CT.

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Feature Photo Credit: Sean Williams/The Loop Sports

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