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Kopech Stellar as White Sox Double Up Rockies in 2-1 Win

Strong pitching from Michael Kopech, timely hitting, and solid defense helped the White Sox win the series opener over the Rockies.

Michael Kopech Chicago White Sox vs Colorado Rockies
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The Chicago White Sox opened a two-game series on the road against the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night. Michael Kopech provided a solid start and the bullpen was mostly unscathed. The Pale Hose had some timely hitting and turned four double plays in the victory.

Michael Kopech’s first start of the second half was a success. The righty tossed 90 pitches in 5.1 innings and held the Rockies scoreless. He allowed six hits and three walks while striking out four. Kopech is not scheduled to pitch again until Monday against Kansas City. The righty will need the rest as he is well above a career-high in innings pitched.

Chicago jumped in front in the fourth. Eloy Jimenez scored on an error by shortstop Garrett Hampson on what should have been a routine double-play ball off the bat of AJ Pollock. Yoan Moncada plated Adam Engel on a double to the right field corner in the seventh inning after Rockies’ starter German Marquez exited. Engel reached on a base hit to center field and stole second.

Colorado wasted a solid performance by Marquez, who surrendered one run and seven hits in six innings.

Liam Hendriks allowed a leadoff homer to Ryan McMahon in a rocky ninth inning. Pinch-hitter Elias Diaz reached on a two-out walk, but Hendriks got Charlie Blackmon to ground out to shortstop Tim Anderson to end the game.

Throwing Leather

The South Siders had help from their defense to escape more than a few Rockies threats. Kopech issued two of his three walks in the second inning and after an infield single by Sam Hillard, the bases were loaded with one out. However, Kopech induced a ground ball from Brian Serven and the Sox defense turned a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.

Kopech exited in the sixth with one out and a runner on after allowing an infield single to Brendan Rodgers. Jimmy Lambert then induced a ground ball on the second pitch of the at-bat for another 6-4-3 double play.

In the seventh inning with Joe Kelly throwing in relief, the Rockies had runners on first and second with one out thanks to a walk and a single. Kelly then got Charlie Blackmon to ground to first base, which resulted in a fourth White Sox double play, this one of the 3-6-3 variety.

Notes

Yasmani Grandal collected three hits in the win.

Luis Robert (lightheadedness and blurred vision) has resumed baseball activities, manager Tony La Russa said.

What’s On Tap Next?

Chicago White Sox right-hander Lucas Giolito will face Rockies’ righty Antonio Senzatela on Wednesday in the series finale. NBC Sports Chicago will air the game starting at 2:10 PM CT and Sox On Tap will have the postgame show.

Tune in to the Sox On Tap podcast for postgame reaction and further White Sox commentary all season.

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