In honor of today’s rubber match being exclusively streamed on the internet, the White Sox decided to roll out a spring training B squad lineup against the Twins. It went about as well as you’d expect.
Before the game, it was announced that Carlos Rodón was being placed on the IL for shoulder fatigue. Lance Lynn, originally scheduled to start today, was pushed back so that he could start tomorrow’s Field of Dreams game. The Sox tapped Reynaldo López, who’s been excellent in relief, to make a spot start. López went three shutout innings while striking out four, lowering his ERA to 1.35. He threw 51 pitches, which is a season high.
Joining López in providing an unlikely pitching duel was Bailey Ober. Ober has made thirteen starts in his big league career and today was already his fifth against the White Sox. Despite middling velocity, he was able to dominate White Sox hitters with high fastballs — high being a relative term for the 6’9” Ober.
Bailey Ober diffuses another White Sox threat with high fastballs. Doesn’t have a swing-and-miss with any pitch but the heater, but the Sox have whiffed in 16 of 28 swings on his four-seam fastball— James Fegan (@JRFegan) August 11, 2021
The Twins opened the scoring in the sixth with a Jorge Polanco solo shot against José Ruiz. Today continues a bad stretch for Ruiz, who has now allowed five runs in his last four outings.
That run would be all the Twins would need as the Twins bullpen kept the White Sox off the board. Minnesota got scoreless outings from Caleb Thielbar, along with old friends Juan Minaya and Alex Colomé.
The Sox got solid relief appearances from Garret Crochet, Matt Foster, and Craig Kimbrel who all kept the Twins off the board.
The Sox offense rarely even threatened in today’s game, only reaching second base twice despite nine total baserunners.
The White Sox are back in action tomorrow night at 6:00 pm against the New York Yankees in a game that you may have heard about.