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Why Reynaldo Lopez was able to rebound after a pair of early mistakes in Friday's loss

Why Reynaldo Lopez was able to rebound after a pair of early mistakes in Friday's loss

When he rebounded without a second thought Friday, Reynaldo Lopez displayed one of the primary reasons why he’s one of the more advanced White Sox prospects.

Temporarily frustrated when the Tampa Bay Rays’ Logan Morrison beat him for the second time, Lopez quickly regained his composure and avoided letting a third-inning rally spiral out of control.

Making his first start after two weeks on the disabled list, Lopez looked strong overall, particularly when he bounced back from a pair of early mistakes and finished by retiring 11 straight hitters. The White Sox fell to the Rays 3-1 at Guaranteed Rate Field in spite of six efficient innings from Lopez, who struck out seven. It’s the kind of performance the White Sox believe Lopez will be able to replicate in large part because of his maturity on the mound.

“Sometimes you make mistakes and you have to understand that it’s a mistake, you have to accept it,” Lopez said through an interpreter. “At the same time, you have to keep moving forward because that pitch is already made, there’s nothing you can do. That’s what I tried to do, just kept my focus on the game and tried to get the next batter out.”

Lopez hadn’t started since Aug. 17 because of a strained back that robbed him of some velocity his last time out. But stuff wasn’t an issue for the right-hander on Friday.

Lopez touched 97 mph with his fastball in the first inning and threw all three of his pitches with confidence. His execution wasn’t there on two pitches in the first three innings and Morrison made him pay for both. Morrison blasted a two-run homer on a first-inning curveball to give Tampa a 2-0 lead. Two innings later, Lopez left a curveball up and Morrison ripped it to right for an RBI single to give the Rays a 3-1 lead. The single had the potential to dampen Lopez’s day as it put runners on the corners with one out. But Lopez struck out Steven Souza Jr. and Corey Dickerson flew out to end the threat. After that, Lopez didn’t allow a runner to reach base as he retired the side in order in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings.

“He was irritated with himself … but he kept working, “ White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. “He kept coming back out there and kind of settling down, feeling more comfortable as the game progressed. He was able to minimize the damage and keep us in the ballgame.”

Lopez’s efficiency also allowed him to go as deep into the game as the White Sox hoped he might. Renteria said the club targeted six innings and 90 pitches as Lopez had been limited to a pair of bullpen sessions the previous five days.

Lopez needed only 85 pitches to navigate through six innings with strikes thrown on 59 of his offerings. He allowed three earned runs and five hits with one walk in his third big league start this season.

“Every time you’re able to go out there and pitch, you’re gaining experience,” Lopez said. “Then you know how to make better pitches, how to execute your plan, how to have success. What I’m trying to do is get more experience and to be able to execute it.”

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.