Lopez’ quality start, White Sox’ 17-hit barrage bury Royals

12 Sep , 2017 Sports

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – There’s plenty to like about 23-year-old White Sox right-hander Reynaldo Lopez. Let bullpen coach Curt Hasler list a few.

“Stuff out of his hand. The makings of four good pitches. Fastball command, with life. The changeup is a special pitch, no doubt about it. And the curveball continues to get better.”

In his five starts with the Sox since his callup from Class AAA Charlotte on Aug. 11, most everyone associated with the Sox has liked what they’ve seen of Lopez, one of three righties acquired from the Nationals in the Adam Eaton trade. His only non-quality start was a 4 1/3 inning outing at Texas when he pitched with a sore back.

“He has the makings of four pitches and he’s an aggressive pitcher,” Hasler said. “He gets after it. He attacks the zone. Those are all the things we’re looking for as an organization.”

In the Sox’ 11-3 win Monday, which opened a 10-game road trip, Lopez did not walk a batter, and while he struck out only one, he had one bad inning — a three-run fifth which he followed with a perfect sixth.

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Source:: Chicago Sun-Times – Sports

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