One of baseball’s top prospects, Michael Kopech made his debut on Tuesday night for the Chicago White Sox. Facing off against the Twins, Kopech drew quite the crowd for the Sox. The total draw was 23,133 people, all to see a glimpse of the future. The game had a strong start for both the White Sox and their fans, but things took an unfortunate turn. So with Michael Kopech’s debut cut short by rain, fans will need to wait another five days to see him on the mound.
Michael Kopech’s debut cut short by rain
Mother nature ruined the rest of the game for Sox fans, as after the second inning a rain delay lasting roughly 52 minutes took Kopech out of the contest. He finished the night throwing 52 pitches over two innings. This resulted in four strikeouts, three hits and one hit by pitch.
Although 52 pitches through two innings are not ideal, his pitches had fantastic movement throughout especially on his curveball. Kopech can hit the radar at upwards of 100 MPH, although the highest he hit on Tuesday night was 98. With Michael Kopech’s debut cut short by rain, it is likely he was unable to get as loose as we will see in the future. Look for him to hit 100+ MPH in the future.
As to why Kopech did not come back out for the third inning after the delay, White Sox acting manager Joe McEwing, filling in for ailing manager Rick Renteria commented:
“We didn’t want to push it that first time out,
“Amazing job getting that first one out of the way. He was up to 52 pitches, and with the rain lasting almost an hour.
we were like, ‘Let’s shut him down here and end it on a positive note.'”
The White Sox would go on to lose the game 5-2 after Luis Avilian gave up two runs in the fourth. Then, Dylan Covey gave up the 2-2 tie in the ninth.
The Sox offense consisted of two home runs, one from Nicky Delmonico in the second inning. With the other one coming from Yoan Moncada in the seventh inning.
With Michael Kopech’s debut cut short by rain, we didn’t get to see a whole lot from Michael, but future appearances should give fans more to look forward to.
Jose Abreu Gets Surgery
The White Sox have placed All-Star first baseman Jose Abreu on the 10-day disabled list. Abreu had outpatient surgery on his lower abdomen/groin area on Tuesday. He arrived at the ballpark on Tuesday but was complaining about the pain in his lower abdomen.
He was scratched from the lineup, and Matt Davidson filled in at first base for the game. Abreu is able to return to baseball-related activities in two weeks, according to the team.
Leury Garcia Placed On The DL
Another roster move was made on Tuesday, as outfielder Leury Garcia was also sent to the 10-day DL. The 2018 season has been riddled with injuries for Garcia and things aren’t getting better for him.
After chasing down a fly ball on Monday night, Garcia pulled up clutching his hamstring. The tests have revealed that he has a Grade 2 strain of his left hamstring. This will cause Garcia to miss between three to six weeks.
Ryan LaMarre has been called back up from Triple-A to take Garcia’s spot on the major league roster.
The Sox Bounce Back In Game 2
Chicago was able to bounce back in game 2 and win the game 7-3. Carlos Rodón once again took the mound for the White Sox. Despite not having his best stuff, Rodón turned in a strong performance. He went six innings giving up two runs, three hits and three walks with five strikeouts.
Rodón struggled with his control a bit, which got him into trouble in the first where he gave up 2 runs. He was able to lock it down afterward and let the offense take control.
The White Sox offense was firing on all cylinders. The Sox hit three homers in the game. Nicky Delmonico had a solo shot in the second inning. Tim Anderson also had a solo shot in the fourth inning tying the game at two. Centerfielder Adam Engel also smashed a two-run homer in the fifth.
DH Matt Davidson was also able to knock in two RBIs in the win. With the win, Rodon was able to move his record to 5-3 and moved his ERA to 2.71.
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