CHICAGO – Given all of the injuries the White Sox have endured throughout the organization the past two years, another potential red flag was hoisted Sunday afternoon.
In a 2-0 victory over the Texas Rangers at Guaranteed Rate Field, Sox starting pitcher Reynaldo López vanished after five no-hit innings.
The pitch count, 80, was high for that stage of the game, but not high enough to warrant a call to the bullpen.
Was Lopez injured? Not exactly.
The 24-year-old righty came out after experiencing dehydration and flu-like symptoms.
“I’ve been feeling these symptoms for three days,” López said through an interpreter. “I’ve been dealing with them for three days. I didn’t want to say anything because I didn’t want them to skip this outing for me. I wanted to make my outing today.
“I think it was in the third inning when I started feeling the worst, and then I tried to battle through it until (manager) Ricky (Renteria) made the decision.”
López had two IV bags of fluid after the early exit.
“I feel better,” he said. “I feel much better right now. It was just dehydration.”
It is rather remarkable that López was able to pitch so well and keep his fastball velocity at a steady 98 mph when he was feeling so lousy.
“He was throwing very, very well,” Renteria said. “The fastball had some really good life. He was doing everything you would have wanted him to do today. It was a nice job by the bullpen to come in and be able to pick him up. [Lopez] certainly was the story in terms of stopping anything that they could have possibly done today.”
Aaron Bummer relieved López in the sixth inning, and Shin-Soo Choo led off with a single to end the Sox’s bid for a combined no-hitter. It was Texas’ only hit of the game.
López allowed two walks and had six strikeouts before calling it a day. Bummer, Evan Marshall, Jace Fry and Álex Colomé finished it.
José Abreu knocked in both runs Sunday for the Sox and reached 100 RBIs for the fifth time in his six seasons on the South Side. The Sox won three of four from Texas in the series.
Abreu had a run-scoring single in the third inning, and Adam Engel scored on Abreu’s fielder’s choice groundout in the seventh.
“This one is really big,” Abreu said through an interpreter. “Every time you accomplish something, it means something good. I just got off the phone with my mom just telling her, ‘Thank you. Thank you because I am who I am because of you, and this is for you.’”
ROBERT REACHES 30/30
Prized Sox prospect Luis Robert hit another home run with Triple-A Charlotte on Saturday night, giving him 30 for the season.
Add in his combined 36 stolen bases for Charlotte, Double-A Birmingham and high A Winston-Salem, and Robert is the first 30/30 player in the minor leagues since the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson accomplished the feat with Triple-A Albuquerque in 2014.