Lopez's no-no a no-go, but 'pen comes close

Illness ended starter's bid after 5, but relievers allowed only one hit over 4

August 26th, 2019

CHICAGO -- didn’t allow a hit in the White Sox 2-0 victory over the Rangers on Sunday afternoon at Guaranteed Rate Field.

But the White Sox right-hander fell 12 outs short of making history.

Lopez lasted five innings and 80 pitches, leaving due to dehydration and flu-like symptoms. He and four other White Sox pitchers combined to one-hit the Rangers, who were limited to Shin-Soo Choo's leadoff single in the sixth. It was the first one-hitter for the White Sox since May 19, 2017, at Seattle.

Stomach discomfort started for Lopez in the third inning, although he had been experiencing various symptoms for the past three days. But Lopez would have rather had an abbreviated start than none at all, receiving IV fluids after he departed the contest.

“It is frustrating when things like that happen the day that you are pitching and through your outing, especially with an outing like today where everything was going very well,” Lopez said. “I was kind of upset when I had to leave the game. I was feeling good, I mean with my stuff. But obviously, physically I wasn’t doing well.”

“He was throwing very, very well, obviously,” White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. “The fastball had some really good life. He was doing everything you would have wanted him to do today.”

, , and (25th save) followed Lopez to the mound, with Fry pitching for the first time since the birth of his son, Hayden. Bummer had the toughest challenge of the group, facing a first-and-third situation with one out in the sixth.

The southpaw struck out Willie Calhoun. And after an intentional walk to Nick Solak loaded the bases with two outs, Bummer retired Rougned Odor on a routine grounder to second baseman .

All of the important offense from the White Sox came from Jose Abreu, who singled home a run in the third and hit a slow roller with the bases loaded and one out in the seventh that became a run-scoring fielder’s choice at third. Those two productive at-bats raised Abreu’s RBI total to 100, marking his fifth season with at least 100 RBIs during the six he’s played for the White Sox.

After the game, Abreu called his mother to share this special moment, coming just one day after he recorded career hit No. 1,000. Abreu smiled and said a resounding, “Yes,” when asked if his mother was aware he was nearing 100 RBIs.

“This one is really big,” said Abreu through interpreter Billy Russo. “Every time you accomplish something, it means something good. I just got off the phone with my mom, just telling her, ‘Thank you, thank you,’ because ‘I am who I am because of you and this is for you.’”

left the game in the seventh after being hit by an Emmanuel Clase pitch with runners on first and second, nobody out. He suffered a left shin contusion and is day to day. Lopez’s upset stomach was the only other blemish on a fifth series win in the last seven for the White Sox, including victories over the Astros, Twins and Phillies.

Even with his physical issue, Lopez struck out six and walked just two, recording 15 swinging strikes per Statcast. White Sox pitching has limited opponents to four hits or less in four of the last five games, and the starters have a 2.80 ERA since Aug. 7.

That impressive number includes feeling the best he has ever felt on the mound during his 12-strikeout, no-walk shutout at Target Field last Wednesday. It also includes setting a career-high with nine strikeouts and rating his stuff A+ in Friday’s victory.

It’s an encouraging note for a team that now has a 14-11 record in August and is 60-70 overall with 32 games left to play. But it’s an even more encouraging note for 2020 and beyond.

“We’re excited. This is a very, very exciting moment for all of us and for the organization,” Lopez said. “The expectations that you can have right now, and that we have right now, for the future are really, really high.

“We all know what we’re capable of doing. If we’re just doing it right now, then it’s going to be just part of the process, just continuing doing what we’re doing right now.”