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Kopech-setic

August 21 vs Minnesota Twins


WSI Playdate Funtime:
Game of Life
As fans endure the trials and tribulations of this 2018 team, we get a little taste of a winner in Michael Kopech.

Short Take:The much-awaited debut of Michael Kopech is shortened by rain, but his 2 innings, 0 runs and 4Ks offer a glimpse of the rainbow’s path to the pot of gold.

Ok, the Sox lost to Twins last night, 5-2. But let’s be real – as far as tonight’s game against the Minnesota Twins, all we Sox fans really cared about was: How did Michael Kopech pitch in his first major league start?

Because we all want to know if the Chris Sale trade will finally result in a Second Coming of Sale, of sorts. Can Michael Kopech fill those large shoes? As much as Kopech has been hyped, we sure hope so. Chris Sale was traded to Boston for Kopech, Yoan Moncada, and a couple other guys back in 2016. Sale has been an annual candidate for the Cy Young award, while we’ve been patiently waiting to see how the young talent acquired in this trade was going to pay off. Moncada is not another Mike Trout, at least not yet - but he shows promise, if he can ever straighten out his hitting.

With Kopech’s callup, the stands at Sox Park were abuzz with excitement, almost exactly like the debut of Yoan Moncada just over a year or so. And when the lanky youngster took the mound to a standing ovation, he didn’t disappoint. Although he gave up weak singles to Joe Mauer and Eddie Rosario to start the game, he kept his head. He got Jorge Polanco to fly out to short left, and then struck out Sano on a checked swing for his first major-league strikeout. Another short flyout to center ended the Twins’ scoring threat, and so Kopech’s first inning was in the books.

And Kopech really found his groove in the 2nd inning, throwing lots of strikes, including a nasty breaking ball and a great changeup (you hear that, Hawk?). Logan Forsythe and Jake Cave looked overmatched, both striking out. But Grossman was grazed (barely) on the jersey, then Kopech allowed another weak single by Wilson. And then striding to the plate was that pesky Joe Mauer again, with two on base. Mauer fouled off a bunch of Kopech’s high fast balls, then looked at one right at the top of the zone. Yes! Kopech struck out the side.

And out of nearly nowhere, the skies opened up. Someone on Twitter joked that the baseball gods were crying at the beauty of Kopech’s pitching. Perhaps, but that resulted in a 52-minute rain delay.

When the game resumed at 8:45, the Sox gave Kopech a lead to work with when Nicky Delmonico drove one of Twins’ starter Jose Berrios just over the center field wall, making it 1-0.

We waited with bated breath. Would Kopech continue his first major league outing?

Nope. Luis Avilan took the mound. There was a collective sigh of disappointment from the stands and from Sox fans glued to their TVs.

Thus endeth the Kopech Coming Out party. His line was 2 IP, 3 hits, 0 ER, 4 Ks and 0 BBs. He hit 96-98 on the gun, had a nice slider and changeup, and a little movement on the fast ball. Nice start by the kid, and I can’t wait to see him for a longer outing next time.

After the 2nd, Minnesota scored 2 runs off of a combination of Luis Avilan and Jenmar Gomez. Yoan Moncada tied up the game in the 7th with a homer, but the Twinks scored 3 in the top of the 9th and that went unmatched, for a 5-2 Sox loss.

Of note:

  • The White Sox announced that Jose Abreu underwent outpatient surgery on his lower abdomen or groin area today. He is expected to be out two weeks. I sure hope this isn’t another "Adam Dunn’s appendix" episode.
  • Ricky Renteria was hospitalized with lightheadedness in Minneapolis. He’s out of the hospital, but still in Minnesota, so Joe McEwing managed tonight’s game. Renteria was expected to return to Chicago tomorrow.

The Sox face the Twins again tomorrow at 1:10 pm; Carlos Rodon vs. Kyle Gibson.

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 It's nice to have something to look forward to every 5 days or so...Thanks, Michael!

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