Royals’ starting pitcher Jorge Lopez and Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Reynaldo Lopez dominated the game as they battled for six innings. The difference was that Jorge Lopez struggled in the fifth inning as he started leaving his pitches up in the zone where White Sox hitters were finally able to hit him hard. Other than that one half inning, both Lopez’s were really good tonight. Jorge Lopez had a career high ten strikeouts in his six innings.
The Royals’ offense did nothing outside of Lucas Duda. Duda provided the lone Royals run on a solo home run to right center in the fourth inning.
There wasn’t a whole lot to this game. No major mistakes. Not much offense outside of the bottom of the fifth inning. The Royals will try to avoid the sweep Wednesday afternoon.
Alex Gordon [1-for-4, 1.032 OPS]
Gordon fought off an inside fastball for a single to left field in the first.
Jorge Soler [1-for-4, K, .748 OPS]
Soler was once again swinging and missing at the pitch down and out of the zone.
Lucas Duda [2-for-4, R, RBI, HR, .834 OPS]
Duda is seeing the ball well right now. He got an inside fastball and hit it for a long home run to right field. In the fourth he reached for a fastball down and away and pulled a base hit to right center.
Jorge Lopez [L, 48 GS, 6 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 10 K, 101-65 (64%), 1.67 WHIP]
Lopez looked terrific in the first inning. His fastball had really good movement as he struck out the side. He continued pitching well until the fifth inning. In the fifth inning he started leaving his pitches up in the zone where the White Sox were able to start hitting him pretty hard. He allowed three home runs on the day in six innings. Hopefully in his next start Lopez can get back closer to where he was in the first four innings when he was dominant.
Jake Newberry [2 IP, H, R, ER, 4 K, 32-22 (69%), 0.50 WHIP]
Newberry pitched the seventh and eighth innings really well. He struck out four batters in his two innings. He made one mistake to Yonder Alonso who hit a home run. That was the only hit Newberry allowed and he had no walks. This was a very positive outing for Newberry.