In a game where tragedy struck the A’s in terms of a freak accident in which Brian Goodwin hit a 100 MPH line drive off of Chris Bassitt’s head, the White Sox won handily. A 9-0 win tonight improves the Sox to 70-50 this season, 11 games ahead of the second place Indians. Bassitt’s injury, of course, was of greater concern to both sides, and we can only hope that he will be alright. Per the A’s, Bassitt was conscious as he traveled to the hospital.
Reynaldo Lopez got the start tonight as he pitched 5.0 very solid scoreless innings. On the backs of two 3-run home runs from Jake Lamb and Jose Abreu, the Sox dominated from the first pitch. Ryan Burr and Mike Wright came in for two innings each of relief, both throwing scoreless frames. In Wright’s first appearance for the Sox, he struck out 1 and walked 1 batter, allowing a hit.
W: Reynaldo Lopez (2-0) | L: Chris Bassitt (12-4)
Reynaldo Lopez: 5 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 BB, 4 K
Lopez got the start tonight with Rodon still on the 10-Day IL. He looked great in his 5 scoreless innings tonight working 97-98 mph on his fastball. He also mixed in a good dose of curveballs and sliders.
Jose Abreu: 1-for-4, HR, 3 RBI
Pito picked up right back where he left off after an 0-4 day yesterday, hitting a 3-run home run in the 4th inning. This homer put him in a tie with Rafael Devers for the league lead in RBIs at 89.
Jake Lamb: 1-for-3, HR, BB, 2 R
In the same inning that Bassitt unfortunately went down with injury, Jake Lamb broke the game open with a 3-run home run, making it 5-0. This was Lamb’s first home run since returning from the IL on August 8th.
Highlight of the Night
Game three of the series takes place tomorrow at 7:10 PM CT on NBC Sports Chicago. The White Sox will go for the series victory with Lance Lynn on the mound. The Athletics will counter with Cole Irvin.