Chicago White Sox can’t break through in 4-0 loss to Baltimore Orioles despite ‘good chances’ – The Mercury News

The Chicago White Sox had a solid recent history against the Baltimore Orioles, but they never faced off against Adley Ratsman.

Orioles rookie catcher had Sox starter Johnny Couto’s number on Thursday night, tagging him for a two-run homer in the fourth and RBI later doubled down two innings to give the Sox a 4-0 loss at guaranteed rate field. sent for

Reutschmann’s three RBIs were at career highs – all four in his first 26 games.

“It was a big night,” said Sox manager Tony La Russa. “See if we can make some adjustments, keep him calm.”

Cueto bowled 5 innings, allowed seven hits – including a two-run homer to Reutsman – and dismissed seven.

The Sox won eight straight against the Orioles on May 1, 2019. But they went 1-for-9 with the runners in the scoring position and dropped 11 to base.

“I’d say we should win the game when you get nine hits and a very hard out – you should mark something, right?” La Rusa said. “So we hit a lot of balls hard and didn’t break.

Added catcher Sebi Zavala, who had two doubles: “We had three, four deliveries which were very good and we thought we had a good chance of leaving the yard or at least going off the wall. They were just dying there. ,

A bright spot for the Sox was Lenin Sosa’s major league debut, which left a lasting impression on the fielder: “Step on the field and look at the crowd, the stadium, the fans. I’ve never played in a stadium like this.”

“It was quite amazing.”

The Orioles thought they had taken an early lead on Trey Mancini’s potential RBI double in the third inning, but Cedric Mullins was tagged as he slipped home. The Orioles challenged, believing that the left-field relay from AJ Pollock to Tim Anderson to Zavala came too late, but the call was retained.

In fourth, Ryan Mountcastle doubled in the center and jumped to third on Leuri Garcia’s error. Ratschmann paid the Sox for that mistake with a two-run homer.

Gavin Sheets, playing his first game in the Majors since June 9, gave the Sox hope for a response with a double at the bottom of the inning, but right fielder Austin Hays struck after a line-drive single from Larry Garcia. Kept them out of the house.

Sheets chased down Jake Berger’s sixth inning double with a walk and Orioles starter Dean Kramer, but Zavala was dismissed by reliever Felix Bautista.

The Sheets worked a 3–0 count in the eighth, but the play ended with a flyout to the center-field warning track.

“Good at bat. Very good,” said La Russa.

Injuries forced the Sox to reshuffle the lineup for the series opener.

Anderson, who turns 29 on Thursday, moves forward with a backup shortstop Danny Mendick out for season With a torn ACL in his right knee. Anderson went 1-for-5 with two strikes.

La Russa opted to replace right fielder Adam Engel, who went with Sheets on the 10-day IL with a strained right hamstring and placed Andrew Vaughan at first base.

Luis Robert was dealing with a leg problem that arose during Wednesday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays, so La Russa opted to sit him down and put Leri Garcia in the centre.

“It’s baseball. It’s part of the game,” Cueto said of all the injuries. “I think you have to be like a horse—just keep moving.”

The Sox’s original plan for Sosa was for him to make his debut during the four-game weekend homestand against the Orioles – not on Thursday. But Josh Harrison was shaken after hitting a pitch in the bottom of fifth, and Sosa took him to second in sixth. Sosa batted in his first career, then batted nine-pitch in his ninth.

“I thought his first bat was fine,” La Russa said. “I thought his second bat was one of the highlights of the night. We were competing at that time. He drew a walk, fouled some difficult pitches. I thought it was very impressive.

“He has all the qualities of being a good hitter.”

Harrison suffered a right triceps injury, and the X-rays were negative. That is day to day.

“There’s a big ol’ knot in the back of his right hand,” said La Russa. “It was a weird way to be a hit.”

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