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Baltimore Blanked

September 16th vs. the Baltimore Orioles

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Like the game, Lopez put away the threat by eclipsing the O's.

Short Take:Behind a strong outing by Reynaldo Lopez, the Sox shutout the Orioles 2-0 in Baltimore.

The White Sox shutout the Orioles tonight, 2-0, behind the sharp pitching of Reynaldo Lopez. Looking at the standings, you wouldn't think beating the Orioles would be that tough to do. After all, this loss was number 106 for the Birds with a couple weeks still to go in the season. But a win is a win, and as a wise poster once taught us, this is the major leagues so get it how you live and letís fight tomorrow.

This was a tightly-pitched game between Lopez and crabcake starter Yefry Ramirez, who is also a 24 year-old up-and-comer. Buck Showalter pulled Ramirez in the sixth inning after he'd given up the first Sox run, scored on subsequent doubles by Yoan Moncada and Yolmer Sanchez. The Sox hitters were happy to see Ramirez go -- he had seven strikeouts at that point. But Lopez was doing a better job keeping the Maryland mashers off the scoreboard, so he stayed in through seven.

Watching Reynaldo Lopez pitch that seventh inning tonight took me back to the early 1980s. In those years, Britt Burns was like Lopez, a young starter who could pitch his way out of trouble. He was also slow. Dreadfully slow. He would spend what seemed like minutes staring in at the catcher before he'd throw the ball. And behind the plate was the imperious Carlton Fisk, who made it clear that only he would decide when he was ready for the next pitch, and not a moment sooner. Those were tedious contests.

Lopez is another young starter who looks to become part of a strong rotation. He went seven innings and pitched an efficient game for the first six, yielding no runs. But after giving up a one-out single in the seventh, he slowed. . .way. . .down, and issued a walk to put runners on first and second. He then faced Oriole shortstop Tim Beckham, who required ten pitches to strike out. Each of Lopez's pitches took longer to deliver than the one preceding it.

There was a happy ending, as Lopez induced a popout to end the inning, but the Britt Burns flashback was bright as day. If the commissioner's office wants to know where to start in speeding up the pace of the game, maybe they should talk with Lopez. But hey, if he keeps winning we might tolerate his languorous pace.

The second run for our faves came in the ninth from a solo homer by Avi Garcia. Will the real Avi Garcia please stand up (without pulling a hamstring)? His future is like that song by The Clash: should I stay or should I go? When the 2020 White Sox go 130-32 and roll through the postseason behind the unhittable rotation and the unstoppable offense, Garcia might be patrolling right field for San Diego instead of sharing the champagne.

Signs of life like tonight sure feel good. It'll come eventually for the Orioles, too, and I will be very happy indeed to see the Orioles roll over the Red Sox and the Yankees when Baltimore gets its mojo back. Then the White Sox can roll over them in the ALCS, and we'll all be very, very happy.

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Good to see good pitching. Good for a good pitcher to be seen.

submitted by tebman.

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