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Reynaldo Lopez shows maturity in bounce-back outing


Reynaldo Lopez shows maturity in bounce-back outing

In the aftermath of his previous start, Reynaldo Lopez didn’t mince words when describing the White Sox’s effort, telling reporters, “we looked like clowns there, starting with me.”

On a soggy Tuesday night at Guaranteed Rate Field, the clown show was no longer present—as least on the Sox’s side--as Lopez and his teammates rallied for an 8-4 victory over a sloppy Twins squad in the opener of a three-game series.

After enduring a 108-minute weather delay to start the game and often pitching through rain drops, Lopez was markedly better than during last Wednesday’s loss to the Indians that irked the righthander. Against the Twins, Lopez allowed four runs on six hits with one walk and four strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings of work and, this time, left the mound with a smile on his face.

“I felt happy because it was a good game,” Lopez said via a team interpreter. “There were a few things that happened during the game but I was able to manage (them) and I was able to execute the plan that we had for today’s game.”

The Sox played error-less ball in the field and Yolmer Sanchez came up with the big hit—a two-out, two-run single in the sixth that gave them a 5-4 lead—to help Lopez improve to 3-5 on the season.

“Always you feel good when you help the team win games,” said Sanchez, who matched his career high with four RBIs. “I feel good with runners in (scoring) position. I don’t try to do too much. I try to put the ball in play.”

Lopez yielded solo home runs to Brian Dozier and Ehire Adrianza and was burned by three consecutive singles by Mitch Garner, Jake Cave and Adrianza to start the fifth inning but at times was over-powering with a fastball that reached the high 90s and a sharp curveball.

Meanwhile, Twins starter Lance Lynn didn’t make it out of the sixth inning and yielded five runs—four earned—on eight hits with a walk and eight strikeouts.

In addition to Sanchez’s clutch hit, Lynn gave up an RBI triple to Yoan Moncada and a run-scoring groundout by Sanchez in the third. After the Sox loaded the bases in the sixth with singles by Matt Davidson, Leury Garcia and Kevan Smith, Lynn was pulled in favor of Ryan Pressly and the reliever promptly walked Tim Anderson to pull the Sox to within 4-3. Two outs later, Sanchez ripped a single to center off Taylor Rogers to put the Sox in front. In the seventh, Avisail Garcia launched his first home run since April 3 to make it 6-4.

In the eighth, Sanchez singled in a run and Jose Abreu walked with the bases loaded for the final margin.

Lopez’s bounce-back outing was indicative of the maturity the 24-year-old has shown this season, according to manager Rick Renteria.

“He continues to improve and grind out innings and give us some starts that give us a chance,” Renteria said. “He’s continued to show some calm out here. He is maturing.”

Lopez also believes he is maturing and it has helped him overcome adversity on the mound.

“I absolutely agree with Ricky,” Lopez said. “Before, I used to get frustrated from things that happened during the game or if I had a bad outing. Now, I know how to control those emotions (and) I know how to control the game. I think that’s part of the maturation process. You’re learning every day and you’re executing. You’re applying all that knowledge you’re gaining. I’m more mature now (and) I know how to handle different situations.”

Jose Abreu says White Sox are missing key players, need reinforcements

Jose Abreu says White Sox are missing key players, need reinforcements

Jose Abreu is one of the leaders, if not the leader of the White Sox, so when he says something, it’s a fair guess to think it’s representative of a large chunk of the clubhouse.

After the White Sox lost to the Royals on Thursday, a loss which finished off a four-game sweep and extended the team’s losing streak to seven games, Abreu talked to reporters in Kansas City and sounded frustrated. He was asked about the importance of not having Tim Anderson and Eloy Jimenez, both on the IL, in the lineup.

Anderson took ground balls before the game on Thursday, which was the second straight game he had done so. He is likely nearing his return. Jimenez just went on the IL on Wednesday.

When Abreu was in Cleveland for the All-Star Game, he said he would “sign myself here” if the White Sox didn’t offer him a contract extension. For him to say something that can be interpreted as frustration towards the organization is notable. It’s also worth mentioning that this was said through a translator so it’s possible a subtlety was lost.

It’s not surprising to hear frustration in the middle of a seven-game winning streak for a team that appeared to be showing signs of improvement in the first half of the season. It’s also not surprising for Abreu to potentially be referencing his countryman Luis Robert.

Abreu helped recruit Robert to the White Sox when he was an international free agent leaving Cuba. Abreu and fellow Cuban Yoan Moncada were said to be part of the draw for Robert to sign with the White Sox.

The 21-year-old outfielder entered Thursday hitting .440/.500/.960 with three home runs in six games since getting promoted to Triple-A Charlotte. Despite his incredibly productive season which has led him to shoot up to No. 5 overall in MLB Pipeline’s prospect rankings, general manager Rick Hahn told reporters on Wednesday that they shouldn’t expect Robert to get called up this season though.

Meanwhile, the big league club is missing two key hitters and in the middle of a seven-game losing streak.

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White Sox second half woes continue after getting swept by Royals

White Sox second half woes continue after getting swept by Royals

It’s safe to say the White Sox have not had a good start to the second half of the season.

The first half of the season concluded with a win against the Cubs that improved the White Sox record to 42-44. That was the team’s second-best record heading into the all-star break since 2012 and a 13.5 game improvement from the year before. Dylan Cease’s arrival had also added some buzz to the fanbase.

However, the first seven games of the second half have sucked out a lot of that buzz. The White Sox lost to the Royals 6-5 on Thursday to complete a four-game sweep at the hands of the Royals, the team with the fourth-worst record in baseball. The seven-game losing streak is the longest of the season.

Getting swept in Oakland was one thing. The A’s are currently in one of the wild card spots and Oakland has been a house of horrors for the White Sox.

Getting swept by the Royals is not as easy to swallow. Even after taking these four games, the Royals are 8.5 games behind the White Sox in the standings. This is the Royals’ first four-game winning streak of the season.

White Sox pitching had some stinkers in this current losing skid, but the offense in particular has really struggled. In these seven games, the White Sox have scored 16 runs with just 10 extra base hits.

Sure, Tim Anderson is out and Eloy Jimenez went down in the first inning of the second game in Kansas City, but the offense shouldn’t be this bad.

Anderson is nearing his return and took ground balls before Thursday’s game.

Next up, the White Sox finish off the 10-game road trip with three games at Tampa Bay. Like the A’s, the Rays occupy a wild card spot.

So where are the positives?

Yoan Moncada homered on Thursday, his first since a two-home run game on July 3. It was his 17th home run of the season, matching his total from 2018 with more than two months left in the season. He finished with three hits on Thursday.

Pitching wise, Lucas Giolito had a quality start in the series opener against the Royals, but still took the loss. He will pitch against the Rays. So will Dylan Cease, who will be pitching on normal rest for the first time in his MLB career. Cease had five days between his final Triple-A start and his MLB debut on July 3. He didn’t pitch again until Tuesday.

If that isn’t enough positivity at the end to cancel out all the negativity, just remember Luis Robert is destroying Triple-A pitching.

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