Time: 12:10 p.m. CST
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Happy Kopech Day, everyone! I will add live updates and observations early on for Michael Kopech’s second major league start.
He has a favorable matchup in Motown today. The Detroit Tigers rank 26th in MLB in average (.241) and are getting on base at just a .299 clip. They don’t strike out as often as you might think (ninth-best strikeout total in the majors), but that could certainly change with the man on the mound today.
Kopech’s major league debut was cut short due to a rain delay. He lasted just two innings, but his stuff looked good. His fastball sat 96-98 mph, and his off-speed pitches looked tantalizing.
Jordan Zimmermann gets the start for the Tigers. He has been absolutely rocked by Sox hitters in the past, possessing a 6.14 career ERA against the South Siders. All signs point to taking three out of four from the Tigers.
Kopech gives up his first run but induces a 6-4-3 double play with the bases loaded to escape further trouble. 5-1 Sox through six innings.
67 pitches in five scoreless innings for Kopech. Got two groundouts and one flyout in the fifth. Sox still up 4-0.
Michael Kopech hasn't walked anybody in 31 consecutive innings dating back to July 14th in Triple-A.— Chuck Garfien (@ChuckGarfien) August 26, 2018
Kopech strands the bases loaded. Command escaped him a bit with two HBPs and a single, but he hunkered down and got out of the jam. No runs through four innings.
Two flyouts and a strikeout for Kopech. He’s at 45 pitches through three.
I love Daniel Palka. His two-run rocket puts the Sox up 4-0 in the third.
GET DANIEL PALKA THE DINGER CHAIN!— White Sox Talk (@NBCSWhiteSox) August 26, 2018
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Kopech allows a hit to lead-off man Victor Martinez. He then gets Jim Adduci to fly out and James McCann to foul out. Mikie Mahtook then hit a groundball at 99 mph off the bat that bounced off Kopech’s leg, but he stayed in the game. Kopech then retires Ronny Rodriguez on a fly ball to center field. A little over 30 pitches for him through two.
Kopech strikes out Jaimer Candelario on seven pitches. He then gets Niko Goodrum to ground out on the first pitch. Kopech finishes the inning with a strikeout of Nicholas Castellanos on three pitches. He reached 98 mph on the gun. So far so good.
96 MPH heater for Kopech's 1st strikeout of the game! GRAB SOME BENCH— NBC Sports Chicago (@NBCSChicago) August 26, 2018
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Michael Kopech takes the mound for your #WhiteSox, who are looking for their ninth win in their last 12 games. Here are your starters:— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) August 26, 2018
⏰: 12:10 PM CT
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Gates open at 11:30 ET.— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) August 26, 2018
Be in your seats at 12:15 ET.
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