Tonight’s 10-5 loss won’t go down as one of the greatest efforts in Chicago White Sox history — in fact, it will likely be deemed one of the worst.
The first inning set the tone for what was to be a disappointingly adventurous night for the Sox.
The team’s starting pitcher, Reynaldo Lopez, gave up a solo home run to notorious White Sox killer Curtis Granderson on the second pitch of the ball game.
The third pitch? Another home run — this time from Lourdes Gurriel Jr., his sixth of the year.
Two batters later, Lopez looked like he had a strike-him-out-throw-him-out by getting Kendrys Morales on a check swing, but he did not get the call.
Don Cooper and Ricky Renteria were chirping from the dugout, and both got the heave-ho soon thereafter. It was undoubtedly a disastrous way to start the game for the Sox.
Lopez would get into more trouble in the second inning, giving up a two-run home run to Randal Grichuk and an RBI double to Justin Smoak.
Lopez had bad command and control all night. He ended his night allowing four walks and eight earned runs in 4 1⁄3 innings. When he did throw strikes, they were elevated and in the middle of the zone, and the Blue Jays took advantage.
Toronto hit five home runs off Lopez, whose fly ball percentage seems to be coming back to bite him.
Reliever Thyago Vieira’s White Sox debut did not go as he had planned. He seemed a bit too amped up, as his control was all over the place. Vieira plunked two batters and gave up a double, going only 2⁄3 of an inning. His fastball topped out at 99 mph, but he’ll have to improve his control if he wants to keep his spot in the big leagues.
Things got weird when Vieira threw a 55-footer that got by catcher Omar Narvaez in the fifth inning. The ball ended up getting stuck between home plate umpire CB Bucknor’s arm and chest protector. Bucknor called a dead ball, got together with his fellow umpires and awarded the runner on third base home plate.
Why? I have no idea. It was a bizarre play that should not have given the Blue Jays another run.
The Sox were out of the game for its entirety, but gave a valiant effort in the ninth inning. Matt Davidson continued his pitching dominance, securing a 1-2-3 inning that featured the third baseman’s (or should we refer to him as reliever at this point?) full repertoire. He topped out at 91 mph again, and showed some pretty good off-speed pitches. Time will only tell whether he receives more pitching opportunities.
Highlights in the bottom of the inning included Nicky Delmonico hitting his second triple of the game, another Bucknor blown strike call and a Tim Anderson RBI cue shot double down the right-field line.
Ugh, all in all, a disappointing performance from the Sox tonight.
Cubs lost, 5-2, so we have that going for us ...