White Sox get a strong start from their young right-handed starter in Baltimore as he continues to have an impressive month of September.
Reynaldo Lopez posted his third consecutive quality start in the month of September on Saturday night as the White Sox defeated the Baltimore Orioles 2-0. The 24-year-old continued his impressive run of quality starts in the final month of the season.
The Sox were able to score just enough to win their third straight game on Saturday night, and also secured a series win over the Orioles. Lopez pitched seven strong innings while allowing no earned runs, issuing just one walk and recording six strikeouts.
Lopez has had a great month of September so far. He has pitched six innings or more in each of his three starts this month. After struggling in the middle of August, Lopez has rebounded nicely to post four consecutive quality starts since Aug. 29.
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On Saturday night, Lopez got into trouble in the seventh inning when there were runners on first and second base with one out and Tim Beckham was poised to break the game wide open. After a lengthy at-bat, Lopez retired Beckham with a strikeout. He would then induce Renato Nunez to hit a pop-up to Jose Abreu to end the inning.
The Sox have gotten some strong outings from Lopez this season and he appears to be on track to finish his first full major league season nicely. Currently, Lopez has a 6-9 record with a 4.05 ERA through Sunday. He’s recorded 138 strikeouts and has a 1.29 WHIP through 30 starts this season.
Lopez has been one of the better starting pitchers for the Sox this season, and he has shown that he’s capable of delivering strong outings on the road and at home. His start on Saturday wasn’t his best outing of 2018, but it was a good start for the young right-handed pitcher from the Dominican Republic.
The Sox young starters have each shown what they’re capable of doing for the team moving forward. Lopez along with Carlos Rodon and Lucas Giolito could give the Sox a good top of the rotation in 2019. With Lopez having a nice 2018, it will be interesting to see how he finishes this season. The future is indeed bright for Lopez and the Sox.