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Floyd exits early in White Sox seventh straight loss

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Floyd exits early in White Sox seventh straight loss

Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010
Updated 1:21 AM

By Brett Ballantini
CSNChicago.com

OAKLAND It was a game that had all the marks of a Little League makeup game, a March high school game forced inside a gymnasium due to snow, or, well; any recent vintage Chicago White Sox tilt.

The Oakland Athletics were the latest ballclub drawn into the South Siders malaise, matching the visitors gaffe-for-gaffe before breaking through with a seventh-inning rally that erupted from ano kiddingsingle, sacrifice bunterror, bunt single and fielders choice.

Daric Barton was the author of the phantom game-winning RBI in that seventh, and the As would later fully anesthetize the Chisox by plating a couple of two-out runs on a Kurt Suzuki single in the frame. It put Oakland up by the eventual final score, 3-0.

For those fans at home who will be waiting for the Easter Bunny come April, Chicagos seventh straight loss coupled with another (what-new) Twins win drops Minnesotas magic number to clinch the A.L. Central to two.

From the White Sox standpoint, of utmost concern was an injury to starter Gavin Floyd that sidelined the starter just seven pitches into the game, as he battled Oakland leadoff hitter Rajai Davis.

We have to wait and see how he feels tomorrow, Guillen offered as an initial prognosis. Theres no reason to risk this kids year, or career. If we have to well keep fighting with the rest of the guys.

I went out there and let it go, spinning some curveballs, and it felt progressively inflamed, Floyd said. It felt like it wasnt getting better, and I felt it every pitch. I tried to fight through it, even through warm-ups, and felt like maybe it was going to get better, but it got progressively worse when I started throwing other pitches. When I get out there, and I get extension, thats when it bothers me.

Chicagos Tony Pena again delivered yeoman work on short notice, following his sterling start Aug. 21 vs. the Kansas City Royals with Monday nights six innings of six-hit, scoreless ball, striking out three and walking two.

I was surprised, said Pena, who earned the win vs. the Royals but took a no-decision on Monday. They told me I had to be ready because Floyd wasnt feeling good, get in the bullpen and youre going to have a chance to go in the game.

In Kansas City, I got a chance to start and threw seven innings for the win. Tonight, I felt good. My arm feels good. I feel like I can do this.

He was unbelievable, Guillen said. He might take Gavins spot. Im not going to pitch Gavin unless hes 200 percent. Im not taking the chance of further injury.

Oaklands pitching held the White Sox to just four hits and one extra-base knock, an Andruw Jones flyball that Chris Carter misplayed and Jones blasd into a double.

Chicago was 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position and left nine on base in the game, courtesy of free passes from As hurlers. The assault was led by starter and ex-White Sox prospect Gio Gonzalez, who threw six innings of four-hit, shutout ball, striking out seven.

He threw a lot of strikes, Guillen said. He always had confidence in himself and wanted to be good, to be noticed. Hes matured, and he throws more strikes. Today every time he got in trouble, he could throw breaking balls for strikes.

Chisox catcher Ramon Castro had a game of limited distinction, leaving five men on base with two outs (and six total) in the game en route to an 0-for-4, career-high three-strikeout night.

Very bad, Guillen said of his teams offensive game. When we got something going with two out, we struck out. I dont know if it was a late night last night, but today was kind of flat. If we have to make an excuse, then thats the excuse for the way we played today. Hopefully, tomorrow we get our emotions back.

Brett Ballantini is CSNChicago.coms White Sox Insider. Follow him @CSNChi_Beatnik on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Sox information.

Daily White Sox prospects update: Zack Collins hits a pair of homers

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Daily White Sox prospects update: Zack Collins hits a pair of homers

Here's your daily update on what the White Sox highly touted prospects are doing in the minor leagues.

Double-A Birmingham

Zack Collins hit two home runs as part of a three-hit day. He drove in two runs, scored two runs and walked once in a 10-4 loss. Collins now has seven homers on the campaign with an ungodly .421 on-base percentage. He's batting .326 over his last 25 games. Eloy Jimenez had two hits and a walk, and Jordan Guerrero gave up four runs and walked five in four innings.

Class A Winston-Salem

The Dash lost both games of a doubleheader, 10-5 and 7-0. Luis Alexander Basabe, Alex Call and Gavin Sheets each picked up two hits on the day.

Triple-A Charlotte

Charlie Tilson had a hit and scored a run in a 2-1 loss.

Class A Kannapolis

Luis Gonzalez had a hit in a 2-1 win.

Reynaldo Lopez is changing his place in the White Sox rebuild: 'When I'm on the mound, I'm the best and I don't care about the rest'

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Reynaldo Lopez is changing his place in the White Sox rebuild: 'When I'm on the mound, I'm the best and I don't care about the rest'

Rebuilds are full of surprises.

Fans can pencil in any names they want into their 2020 lineups, but there’s almost no one who’s going to have a 100-percent success rate when it comes to predicting exactly what the next contending White Sox team will look like.

Reynaldo Lopez carried plenty of hype when he was acquired from the Washington Nationals in the Adam Eaton deal prior following the 2016 season. He had a high prospect ranking before he was called up last summer. He hasn’t materialized out of nowhere.

But with names like Lucas Giolito, Michael Kopech, Alec Hansen, Carlos Rodon and others to compete with for one of those coveted rotation spots of the future, was anyone going to use the term “ace” to describe Lopez?

Well, in this rebuilding season’s most pleasant surprise for the White Sox and their fans, that’s exactly what Lopez has been. He’s been hands down the team’s best starting pitcher, and he’s making the case that he shouldn’t be considered an ancillary piece in this rebuilding process but a featured one.

He might not be getting the attention that others are. But he’s doing the most with his opportunity of being at the big league level right now. In the end, as long as you’re getting batters out, who cares how much attention you get?

“It’s not about what people say or what they are talking about,” Lopez said through a translator. “It’s about the confidence I have in myself, and I have plenty of confidence in myself. For me, I’m the best. I’m not saying the other guys are not. I’m just saying that’s the confidence I have. When I’m on the mound, I’m the best and I don’t care about the rest.”

Sunday marked the best start of Lopez’s young career, so said the pitcher himself. He was terrific in shutting down the visiting Texas Rangers, holding them to just two hits over eight scoreless innings.

It was one heck of a bounce-back performance considering what happened last time out, when he was roughed up for six runs in just two innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The difference? His attitude, his focus, his intensity, his conviction.

“I just changed my attitude in the game,” Lopez said. “I was more positive today than I was in my last outing and that was one of my biggest differences.”

“I do think he came out a little bit more focused, to be honest,” manager Rick Renteria said. “The intensity level was a little higher today. I think he threw the first couple pitches 97, 98 miles an hour, where his last outing they were at 93, 94. There wasn’t a whole lot of commitment or conviction to his pitches (against the Pirates). I think, as we talked after the last outing, (pitching coach Don Cooper) spoke to him a little about making sure he brought that intensity that he has the ability to do, to bring it from Pitch 1 and he did today.”

Renteria liked it all, and he saw something different in his pitcher when he went out to talk to him with two outs in the eighth. Lopez issued a two-out walk, and Renteria considered lifting Lopez from the game.

Lopez made sure his manager wouldn’t pull the plug on this outing.

“I hid the baseball in my glove because I didn’t want to leave the game,” Lopez said. “I asked me, ‘How are you? Are you good?’ And I told him, ‘Yes, I’m good.’ Then he asked me again, ‘Do you think you are able to get him out?’ And I said yes, ‘This is my game, and I’m going to finish it.’”

What did Lopez do with his extra life? He finished it all right, blowing Shin-Soo Choo away with a 96-mile-an-hour fastball. Then he showed as much emotion as he’s ever shown on a major league field. He earned that celebration.

“When you see your manager come out and you’ve already gone through most of your game in terms of what you might think you have in number of pitches available to you, and you reiterate that you want to finish a particular batter because you want to get out of that inning, and you do it, it's an accomplishment,” Renteria said. “It's a big accomplishment. For him, pretty good hitter. He battled him and he was able to get out of that inning and complete a very, very strong eight-inning outing.”

It’s the kind of exclamation point on a dominant afternoon that could stir some big plans in White Sox fans always dreaming of the future. What Lopez has done this season has been a strong case for a spot in that future rotation and a spot at the front of it, at that. Following Sunday’s gem, Lopez owns a 2.98 ERA with at least six strikeouts in four of his nine starts.

There’s a lot of development and a lot of time left before the White Sox contention window opens. But Lopez pitching like this offers a glimpse into the crystal ball, a look at what could be for an organization that’s acquired so much talent over the last two years.

You might not have seen it coming like this, but the future arriving in the form of Lopez is a sign that brighter days are ahead on the South Side.