The White Sox dropped their third straight in a 5-1 loss to Cleveland. They mustered just three hits against Carlos Carrasco.
The Chicago White Sox could not solve the puzzle that was Carlos Carrasco. The 30-year-old dominated allowing just three hits in a 5-1 victory. The lone run came on a solo home run from Adam Engel, his fifth of the season, in the ninth inning. The White Sox have now lost their last three games and dropped seven of their last 10.
Reynaldo Lopez was sharp in his second start since coming off the disabled list. The right-hander allowed just one run on six hits in six innings of work. He was able to keep his team in the game but the offense just couldn’t come through for him. A common issue that has plagued this team all season.
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On a night where Michael Kopech, the team’s No. 3 prospect and the 11th best prospect in baseball according to MLBPipeline, was in attendance, the offense didn’t show up. Kopech’s season was over, so he was at Guaranteed Rate Field to meet with the media and get a glimpse of life in the big leagues.
Seeing the young right hander may have been the only thing fans could cheer about. The Indians scored their first run in the fourth and then tacked on three more in the eighth. Carrasco did the rest and the Indians won their 14th straight. The White Sox saw their first 12 batters fail to reach base until Avisail Garcia singled in the fifth inning.
Lopez pitched well again, which is a good sign for fans. He has definitely showed he has the stuff to stick around. He just needs to get more confidence. We are getting a glimpse of what the rotation could look like soon. And if it all works out, this rotation will be one of the best in baseball. There’s still plenty of talent in the minors, so watch out.
The White Sox will look to avoid the four-game sweep when they send Carlos Rodon (2-5, 4.15 ERA) to the mound against Cleveland ace Corey Kluber (14-4, 2.56 ERA). This team did have success against Kluber in their last matchup. They scored four runs on nine hits, en route to a 5-4 victory on July 29. Rodon had success against this team earlier this year. He allowed just one run on six hits in his last start against the Tribe, a 3-1 win at Guaranteed Rate Field on July 30. Hopefully that trend can continue.