First-half Reynaldo Lopez and second-half Reynaldo Lopez have been almost two different pitchers.
On Sunday, the White Sox saw the second-half Lopez. Until he started feeling sick.
Before leaving due to experiencing dehydration and flu-like symptoms, Lopez threw five hitless innings in the Sox’ 2-0 win over the Rangers. Following Lopez’s departure, four relievers combined to finish the one-hit shutout, helping the Sox win for the fourth time in five games.
Jose Abreu drove in a pair of runs to reach 100 RBIs on the season. He’s had at least 100 five times in six years with the Sox.
Trying to bunt with two on and none out in the seventh, Leury Garcia was hit in the left ankle by a 90.9 mph slider from Emmanuel Clase and left the game. X-rays were negative, but Garcia suffered a left shin contusion and is day-to-day.
After posting a 6.34 first-half ERA, Lopez needed a strong second half to keep himself in contention for a 2020 rotation spot, and he’s come through. Entering Sunday, Lopez had a 3.10 ERA and 46-16 strikeout-to-walk ratio since the All-Star break.
That continued Sunday, as Lopez struck out six before being replaced by Aaron Bummer.
Bummer allowed a Shin-Soo Choo single to begin the sixth, ending the Sox’ hopes of their first combined no-hitter since John Odom and Francisco Barrios against Oakland on July 28, 1976.
Lopez left having thrown just 80 pitches. Entering Sunday, the fewest he had tossed in a start was 82 against Minnesota on May 24.
“He’s trending upward,” manager Rick Renteria said of Lopez. “His confidence level continues to increase. We know he has the stuff. They’ve been working on some of the finer things, grips on the ball, things of that nature to be able to command better. It’s showing. He’s continuing to show a lot of life on his fastball. For all of them, execution is the key. He has been improving and trending upward.”
As Renteria discussed, the entire rotation has been strong recently. Entering Sunday, Sox starters had a 2.37 ERA over the last six games. Their 2.93 ERA since Aug. 7 was the best in the American League.
“These guys are competing against each other in a good way,” Renteria said. “All the starters, trying to stay out there as long as possible. That’s been a good thing. They are showing that the importance of starting pitching is taking (hold) again. Not to discount any of the other usages, just simply saying that you realize how important starting pitching is.”
The Sox gave Lopez the lead in the third. One day after his 1,000th career hit, Abreu drove in his 99th run of the season with a third-inning single to put the Sox ahead 1-0. Then with the bases loaded in the seventh, Abreu’s fielder’s choice brought in Adam Engel to give the Sox a 2-0 lead and deliver his 100th RBI.
Texas starter Brock Burke went six innings and gave up two hits and a run.
- ‘Saturday Night Live’ Ratings Slip With Host Jennifer Lopez, Remain Strong In Households
- Not dynamic in the first half, Broncos offense has been dreadful in second half
- Giants, A's off to scorching second-half starts; robot umps are close and everything else we learned this week in MLB
- Knox leads Kentucky’s second-half surge in win at Arkansas
- Arsenal overruns West Ham with 3 second half goals
- Stevens’ big second half propels Penn State over Bucknell
- No. 1 Louisville stays unbeaten by using a second-half run to knock off Pittsburgh
- Arsenal overrun West Ham with 3 second half goals
- Second-half surge sends No. 21 CU Buffs basketball past Clemson
- Hero I-League: Second-half blitzkrieg helps Punjab down champions Chennai City