The Chicago White Sox dropped the series opener against the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night while mustering just four hits.
Jonathan Stiever made his second career start for the Sox and got roughed up. The rookie gave up four dingers to the Reds and didn’t make it past the third inning. Tyler Mahle on the other hand, did his job for Cincy, keeping the Sox potent offense quiet.
Cincinnati opened the scoring in their half of the first when Nick Castellanos blasted a long drive to left for his 13th homer of the year. 1-0 Reds.
Two innings later, Tucker Barnhart and Joey Votto hit solo homers of their own to extend the Reds’ lead to 3-0. The inning continued with walks to Eugenio Suarez and Mike Moustakas. Jesse Winker hit the fourth no-doubt long ball off Stiever to make it 6-0 Cincinnati. Manager Ricky Renteria then pulled the rookie, replacing him with Gio Gonzalez.
Later in the sixth, Nick Madrigal led off the inning with a double. Yasmani Grandal walked and Jose Abreu was plunked by a pitch to load the bases with nobody out. The only run of the inning was manufactured by an Eloy Jimenez 5-3 groundout to make it 6-1 Reds.
The story of the night for the Sox was 2020 11th overall pick, Garrett Crochet, making his MLB debut. He entered the game in the bottom of the sixth and recorded a pair of strikeouts in a one-two-three frame. The big lefty brought the heat, as he reached 100 MPH on the first strikeout and 101 MPH on the second en route to averaging 100.4 MPH on fastballs.
An inning later in the Cincinnati seventh, Steve Cishek replaced Crochet and gave up another run. Shogo Akiyama drew a walk and was later driven in by a Votto RBI double to extend the Reds’ lead to 7-1.
Another Sox note that’s worthy of mentioning: recently recalled RHP Jose Ruiz pitched a scoreless eighth in just his third appearance of the season.
The Sox went quietly in order in the ninth to fall in game one of the series by a score of 7-1.
Game two of this three-game set is tonight at 6:07 PM CT. The White Sox offense will have their hands full again, as Cincinnati is sending Trevor Bauer to the hill with his 1.71 ERA. Dallas Keuchel will return from the injured list to start for the South Siders. Don’t forget to tune in to the Sox On Tap podcast for postgame reactions and analysis after every White Sox contest.