It was a pitcher’s duel this afternoon in Cincinnati, as Sonny Gray and Dallas Keuchel both threw 7 innings of scoreless baseball. The Sox’ offense failed to generate much offense and was unable to capitalize with two runners on in the top of the 10th inning. With Billy Hamilton up to bat and 1 out, the Sox made a questionable decision to steal second base with Leury Garcia, who was thrown out for the second out, and Hamilton struck out to end the inning. Despite maintaining the tie in the 9th inning, Liam Hendriks was unable to keep the Reds from walking if off in the 10th. The Sox fall to 16-13 on the season and stand in second place in the AL Central.
W: Lucas Sims (1-1) | L: Liam Hendriks (1-1)
Dallas Keuchel: 7 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 1 K, O ER
It was an excellent outing for Keuchel, who worked around a few different jams, including two runners on in the first inning, forcing several key double-play balls and showing off his glove defensively. This was a very encouraging performance for Keuchel after a somewhat worrisome start to the season.
Yasmani Grandal: 0-1 with 3 BB, 1 K
Grandal has yet to find his rhythm at the plate but continues to get on base, leading all of baseball in walk percentage and currently sporting an OBP of .363. It’s great to see Grandal continuing to provide some value even when he’s out of rhythm at the plate.
Matchup of the Game
Liam Hendriks came in relief of Michael Kopech in the bottom of the 9th inning with the bases loaded and two outs against Tucker Barnhart. After the umpire blew a blatant strike call, Hendriks responded by forcing a grounder to 3rd base to end the inning and send the game to extras. Unfortunately, the Sox did not score in the 10th inning and Hendriks was unable to keep the Reds off the board again.
The White Sox are off tomorrow, but take on the Kansas City Royals on Friday at 7:10 P.M. Central time, the first of a three-game series. Carlos Rodon is scheduled to get the start against RHP Brad Keller for Oakland.
The game can be viewed as always on NBC Sports Chicago.