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Lonely Lopez

April 16 at Oakland

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The whole team looked like Swiss cheese.

Short Take: Reynaldo Lopez is a beacon of light on an otherwise terrible night for the Sox.

The White Sox had three games wiped out in Minnesota over the weekend because of a spring blizzard. The long layoff should have done the struggling team a little good. Instead, Monday's road game with the Oakland Athletics showed nothing had changed. What else can you take away from an 8-1 loss?

Let's talk about the one bright spot of the evening for the Sox: Reynaldo Lopez. The 24-year-old right-hander showed some special stuff in his first two starts, and he did it again Monday with 10 strikeouts and giving up only four hits over six innings. He mixed his fastball and curveball with ease and usually fanned the Oakland hitters swiniging. This kid looks primed for a long career in the bigs.

Unfortunately for Lopez, his offense didn't help at all. The Sox continued their troubles with runners in scoring position by going 0 for 5, and in the second inning, Yolmer Sanchez foolishly and unsuccessfully tried to move from first to third on a groundout to end the frame. Their best chance against Daniel Mengden came in the third when they put runners at the corners with two outs. Jose Abreu hit a hard line drive to deep center field, but it hung in the air a little too long to allow Mark Canha to make the catch.

With these shortcomings, Lopez was inevitably headed for a loss. That became assured when Matt Olson hit the first pitch of the fourth over the right-center field wall. The A's tagged Lopez again in the fifth when Matt Joyce drew a leadoff walk, and Khris Davis doubled him in with two outs. One would think giving up only two runs would translate into a better result, but that would be the 2018 Sox too much credit.

Lopez gave way to the bullpen in the seventh, and that's when the wheels really began to fall off. Luis Avilan loaded the bases, though Abreu's failure to field a sacrifice bunt from Joyce didn't help. Jed Lowrie then hit an apparent double-play ball to Tim Anderson, who let it go through his legs and paved the way for a mishandle from Leury Garica in left field. Two Oakland runs scored on the play, and after Danny Farquhar relieved Avilan, one more A's run came in on a double play Anderson succeeded in starting despite the higher degree in difficulty.

Chris Volstad replaced Farquhar to begin the eighth and saw his leadoff walk to Matt Chapman score on Stephen Piscotty's single. Volstad was yanked for Aaron Bummer, who gave up an RBI single to Lowrie. Abreu finally ruined Mengden's shutout bid by leading off the ninth with a home run. Of course, it was too little and far too late by then.

Ever since the opening series in Kansas City ended, the Sox have struggled in just about every area. The offense can't buy a clutch hit, the rotation is suspect, the bullpen has far too many holes, and the defense commits errors at critical moments. With a long season still ahead, there's more than enough time to lessen the frequency of these awful occurrences. But the Sox simply may not have the personnel to avoid mistakes often enough to keep them from finishing dead last.

The Sox will try to dig themselves out of this slide when they play again Tuesday. Miguel Gonzalez takes the hill for the Sox, and Trevor Cahill does so for the A's. Game time is 9:10. And if they don't win, at least enjoy those spiffy throwback uniforms from the late 1960s.

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 The game got worse with nearly each passing inning.

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