White Sox starting pitcher makes his first start of Spring Training in the team’s 11-4 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday afternoon.
After the White Sox notched their first win of Spring Training on Tuesday, they lost to the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday afternoon, 11-4. This was the first start of Spring Training for Reynaldo Lopez as he pitched two innings.
Lopez allowed two earned runs and five hits in his start while recording one strikeout. The best starting pitcher for the White Sox last season was solid in his first outing of Spring Training.
Despite the loss for the Sox, there were some positives on the day. Yonder Alonso and Jon Jay both hit solo home runs. For Alonso, this was his second consecutive game with a home run. He has two home runs currently in Spring Training. Yoan Moncada continued his solid start to Spring Training as he went 1-for-2 at the plate.
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The Sox would never lead in their game against the Reds on Wednesday afternoon and walks would become an issue on the day for their pitchers. Sox pitchers combined to walk seven Reds batters. Aaron Bummer, who replaced Lopez in the third inning walked three batters in his two-thirds of an inning pitched while allowing four earned runs.
Caleb Frare also allowed four earned runs in his single inning pitched but issued just one walk. The only relief pitchers to pitch scoreless innings on Wednesday was Thyago Vieira and Donn Roach. Vieria has pitched 3.1 innings so far this Spring and hasn’t allowed an earned run.
The Sox will face the Seattle Mariners on Thursday afternoon. Lucas Giolito will make his first start of Spring Training. For the Mariners, Felix Hernandez will start. Giolito is coming off a poor 2018 season and will need all the positive momentum he can get this Spring to hopefully carry over into this upcoming season.