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Reynaldo Lopez finishes rookie season with White Sox on strong note

Reynaldo Lopez finishes rookie season with White Sox on strong note

Reynaldo Lopez’s fastball was the best it had been in three weeks as he made his final start of the season on Wednesday.

The White Sox rookie hit 99 mph on the radar gun in the first inning and generated a bunch of swings and misses in six innings pitched. While Lopez earned a no decision, he pitched well and punctuated what he described as his best season with a strong effort. Lopez finished with seven strikeouts.

“My fastball was good today,” Lopez said through an interpreter. “My command with the fastball was good, and I was able to attack the strike zone.”

Lopez made it clear from the outset he brought with him his best four-seamer in a few weeks. He hit 97 and 98 during a strikeout of Kole Calhoun, touched 99 with Mike Trout at the plate and struck out the side in the first inning.

Lopez felt so good with the four-seamer that he threw it 69 times among 97 pitches. The right-hander averaged 95.5 mph with his four-seamer, according to Baseball Savant, and generated 10 swings and misses.

Over his previous four outings, Lopez had averaged 92.9 mph, 93.8, 94.7 and 94.5, dating back to Sept. 6. In those four starts he got a combined 11 swings and misses and only four strikeouts.

Despite the lack of swings and misses, Lopez still found a way to persevere, posting a 3.55 ERA in 25 1/3 innings.

“I know everybody keeps talking about the strikeouts,” manager Rick Renteria said. “He was throwing 96 today. He hit 96 before. It was working around 93 to 94. Had five or six strikeouts early. Was elevating up out of the zone a little bit, above the hands. Then at the end, another breaking ball a strikeout or two. He’s been throwing well in general.

“I know the last couple of outings everybody keeps talking about the strikeouts, but he’s been throwing well and keeping us in ballgames. Today he got some strikeouts and he had one inning where he had to work a little bit.”

Lopez was outstanding until there were two outs in the fifth inning. That’s when he hit C.J. Cron with a 1-2 curveball, which kickstarted an Angels rally. Two batters later, Calhoun blasted a game-tying, three-run homer to center.

Lopez allowed four earned runs and five hits in six innings. He walked two and threw strikes on 64 of 97 pitches.

Overall, Lopez is pleased with his production. He’s pitched a combined 168 2/3 innings between the majors and Triple-A Charlotte.

“It was a very good season, probably the best season in my career,” Lopez said. “I learned a lot, and that’s something I really appreciate. All of the things I learned this year, I’m going to try to put into next year and throughout my career because that’s the way you can be better as a pitcher and you can develop.”

White Sox Talk Podcast: 'Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia'

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White Sox Talk Podcast: 'Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia'

With the Cubs back in the NLCS, White Sox fans have had to deal with another post-season of Cubs this and Cubs that. How does one escape it? Diehard White Sox fan John Kass of the Chicago Tribune comes on the podcast to talk with Chuck Garfien about his recent column entitled "Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia." Kass talks about how he's dealing with the Cubs success and how White Sox fans can find this safe space. He tells the story about taking the White Sox World Series trophy into a Chicago Tribune board meeting in 2005 to rub it in the faces of the Trib's executives who were all Cubs fans.  

Kass talks about how he watches the Cubs in the playoffs, the Chicago media coverage of their playoff run and how Cubs fans will react if they don't repeat as champions. Garfien and Kass also discuss the White Sox rebuild, the Cubs losing in 2003 and why Kass will be calling Cubs Pre and Post host David Kaplan in the middle of the night if and when the Cubs are eliminated.  

White Sox mourn passing of former pitcher Daniel Webb

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White Sox mourn passing of former pitcher Daniel Webb

Former White Sox pitcher Daniel Webb died at the age of 28 in an ATV accident on Saturday night, according to Humphreys County Sheriff Chris Davis.

Davis called it a “tragic accident, and we should rally around the family.”

Webb, a Paducah, Ky. native, was with the White Sox from 2013-16 and went 7-5 with a 4.50 ERA.

The White Sox released this statement:

Daniel left many friends within the Chicago White Sox organization, and we are all shocked and stunned by the news of last night's terrible accident. He was a terrific young man with a full life ahead of him. All thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends as they deal with today's tragic news.