The banged-up Chicago White Sox dropped the first of a four-game series to the Baltimore Orioles by a score of 4-0. Rookie Adley Rutschman homered and drove in three runs, providing all the offense the Orioles needed to secure their second straight win.
Baltimore starter Dean Kremer blanked the South Siders over 5.2 innings before giving way to the bullpen. He fanned four and walked one in his second straight scoreless outing. Three O’s relievers recorded the final 10 outs to complete the nine-hit shutout. Orioles’ pitching was aided by a few key catches from outfielders.
White Sox Fail to Execute
White Sox righty Johnny Cueto did enough to keep the game within reach. The team’s fifth starter has done more than anyone has expected and was the lone bright spot Thursday night. Jose Abreu had two hits despite being relegated to the DH role. The hobbled slugger continues to answer the bell every day despite not being 100% healthy.
The White Sox continue to struggle with two outs and runners in scoring position. They had multiple opportunities to put runs on the board but failed to come up with his in-clutch situations. It has become an almost regular occurrence for the faltering ballclub.
Danny Mendick will require surgery to repair his torn ACL. Mendick expects to be ready for Spring Training in February. A date has not been set.
Adam Engel is on the 10-day injured list with a strained right hamstring. He suffered a similar ailment before (2021) and said that this one didn’t seem particularly severe.
The White Sox transferred outfielder Eloy Jimenez to the 60-day injured list. Jimenez, out since April 24 with a right hamstring tendon tear, has been rehabbing at Triple-A Charlotte.
What’s On Tap Next?
The Baltimore Orioles will send Austin Voth to the mound to face Chicago White Sox righty Michael Kopech on Friday night. First pitch is at 7:10 PM CT on NBC Sports Chicago and Sox On Tap will have the postgame show.
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