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Padres 4, White Sox 2: Kopech Makes His Spring Debut

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The South Side offense is still struggling

MLB: San Diego Padres at Chicago White Sox
Michael Kopech’s Cactus League debut was the highlight today.
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Lance Lynn went from dazzling to dizzying, and the Sox offense followed suit in their loss to the Padres.

Coming out with outstanding stuff and pinpoint control, Lynn struck out three batters in the first — and then never regained that same mojo. He exited the game with a Nuke LaLoosh-like line of four walks and five strikeouts in 2 23 innings.

On offense, the Sox continued to scuffle, beginning with San Diego starter Blake Snell, who surrendered just an infield single to Adam Engel. Overall, the Sox did a better job at taking pitches, but it didn’t result in much better contact. Even with the Padres committing four errors, the Sox never put a sustained rally together.

Andrew Vaughn and Yermín Mercedes were the lone bright spots, if you want to call them that, with Vaughn going 1-for-3 with a walk and Mercedes hitting a ringing double that scored a run.

On the positive side, Michael Kopech and Garrett Crochet provided some highlight-worthy moments coming out of the pen. Kopech, in his Cactus League debut, looked particularly sharp.

Kodi Medeiros even contributed, with a solid outing that included cleaning up Jimmy Cordero’s mess and getting out of a bases-loaded situation in the sixth.

Unfortunately, San Diego’s three-run frame against Cordero was the Sox’s undoing, as they fell to a 4-2 defeat.

The White Sox now take a 1-6 record into their sole off-day of spring, coming back to face off against the Reds on March 11 at 7:05 p.m. CT. Sam Sherman makes his spring debut on our coverage for that game.

Poll

Who was the White Sox MVP of Tuesday’s 4-2 loss to the Padres?

This poll is closed

  • 54%
    Michael Kopech: IP, K
    (61 votes)
  • 0%
    Aaron McRae: IP, K
    (0 votes)
  • 10%
    Kodi Medeiros: 1 1⁄3 IP, H, BB, 2 K
    (12 votes)
  • 25%
    Yermín Mercedes: 1-for-2, 2B, RBI, LOB
    (28 votes)
  • 9%
    Andrew Vaughn: 1-for-3, R, BB, K, 4 LOB
    (11 votes)
112 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who was the White Sox Game Goat in Tuesday’s 4-2 loss to San Diego?

This poll is closed

  • 83%
    Jimmy Cordero: 2⁄3 IP, 3 H, 3 R, ER, 2 BB, K, HR, L, BS
    (66 votes)
  • 1%
    Luis González: 0-for-4, K
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Tyler Johnson: IP, 2 H, ER, K
    (0 votes)
  • 13%
    Lance Lynn: 2 1⁄3 IP, 2 H, 4 BB, 5 K
    (11 votes)
  • 1%
    Matt Reynolds: 1-for-3, K, E
    (1 vote)
79 votes total Vote Now