White Sox close out summer with a W over the Cubs
There is something incredibly satisfying about a Chicago White Sox win, but not many wins are more satisfying than the ones that come at the expense of the Cubs.
The fact that former White Sox pitcher Jose Quintana was the pitcher for the Cubs makes the win that much more rewarding.
Reynaldo Lopez earned the W, making his record 7-9. His final line on the night was impressive. He went seven innings with five hits and one run. He struck out eight Cubbies and walked one. With this performance, his ERA is 3.94.
So far, in September, Lopez has pitched in four games. He’s last through seven innings in three of those. In the other, he went six. He has only two earned runs this entire month and has three wins. His only loss in September came against the Angels when the Halos won 1-0 (Lopez did not give up that run).
If he can continue this type of production in 2019, he could earn the honor of being the “ace” of the team.
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The bullpen had a few struggles (what’s new, right?), but the offense was active enough to cover those goofs. Jace Fry faced Daniel Murphy and Kris Bryant, who both singled. Fry was replaced by Jose Ruiz who quickly got two outs but then walked Ben Zobrist to load the bases. Ruiz then threw a wild pitch and Murphy scored.
Ruiz continued to struggle and after a single to David Bote, Bryant scored, too. Rick Renteria then put in Aaron Bummer who walked the first batter and finally, got the third out.
In the ninth, Nate Jones faced four batters, but only threw eight pitches to end the game. He earned his fifth save of the season.
Offensively, the Sox batters shined. Everyone in the lineup earned at least one hit. Matt Davidson and Kevan Smith each had two hits. Yoan Moncada, Welington Castillo, and Ryan LaMarre had three. Daniel Palka continued his home-run hitting escapade with his 27th of the season when he pinch-hit for Smith. And, Smith hit his second home run of the season, too.
Between Smith and Palka, who both served as DH on the night, they earned a combined five RBI with their timely home runs. LaMarre earned three RBI on the night but did not personally score a run.
The Sox and Cubs face off again on Saturday night as Lucas Giolito pitches against Jon Lester.