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Ohtani Shuts Down White Sox in 4-1 Loss

Ohtani vs Kopech

Shohei Ohtani overpowered the White Sox in his latest triumph. The White Sox hitters made him work for LA’s 4-1 win by chasing him from the game after only 5.2 IP. The righty needed 108 pitches (74 strikes) to keep the Sox scoreless, only giving up five hits and one walk. He finished the night with 11 K’s and extended his scoreless streak to 21.2 innings.

The only real pressure the South Siders put on the two-way star was in the fourth. Luis Robert and Jose Abreu reached on back-to-back singles. Gavin Sheets lined out hard to center field and A.J. Pollock struck out. Leury Garcia drew a walk but Ohtani was able to strike out Josh Harrison to end the threat.

White Sox Starter Michael Kopech struggled with his location in the first few innings. LA opened the scoring when Mike Trout doubled to left field on a hanging slider from Kopech. Trout’s double scored Taylor Ward who led off with a single. Ohtani followed with a walk and Trout was able to score on a fielding gaffe by Kopech. Kopech could not find the base in his attempt to cover first. Kopech’s night ended after giving up a 2-run homer to Luis Rengifo with 1 out in the 5th.

The bullpen did a fine job in retiring the final 8 Halos in order. Reynaldo Lopez, Jose Ruiz, and Kendall Graveman all blanked the Halos but the White Sox offense failed to even the score. Lopez and Graveman each struck out 2, respectively.

Lifeless Again

The only offense of consequence the White Sox could muster was via a couple of Angel’s mistakes. Luis Robert reached on Andrew Velazquez’s throwing error. He advanced to 2nd on Jose Abreu’s single and moved up to 3rd on Gavin Sheet’s ground out. He would score on Ryan Tepera’s wild pitch.


Yoan Moncada was in pain after fouling a ball off his foot in the eighth inning. He stayed in the game and went to get X-Rays after the game. According to Scott Merkin, he seems to be alright.

The White Sox are now 5-8 in Michael Kopech’s starts despite his 2.78 ERA.

Chicago has lost 6 of its last 8 games.

What’s On Tap Next?

Lance Lynn will take the mound for the pale hose after Thursday’s off day. The White Sox will open a 3 game weekend series in San Francisco vs the Giants. The Giants have announced Alex Cobb as their starter in the series opener. You can watch it on NBC Sports Net Chicago. Sox On Tap will have the post-game.

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