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Chicago White Sox

Offense as cold as weather, can’t support Lopez

Detroit Tigers' Leonys Martin, right, steals second base as Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson tries to catch the ball during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 8, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Detroit Tigers' Leonys Martin, right, steals second base as Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson tries to catch the ball during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 8, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

CHICAGO – Reynaldo Lopez did everything he could for the White Sox on Sunday.

Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to hit.

Starting for the Sox on another frigid day at Guaranteed Rate Field, Lopez was effectively wild while allowing one run on two hits and five walks over seven innings.

That is usually a winning stat line, but Lopez and the White Sox lost to the Tigers, 1-0. The Sox’s offense also was quiet Saturday in a 6-1 loss to Detroit, which swept the three-game series.

“It was a little bit difficult because it was my first time pitching in this kind of weather,” Lopez said through a translator. “But at the end of the day, I was able to adapt.”

Detroit’s run came in the first inning on Miguel Cabrera’s sacrifice fly. Lopez issued a pair of walks in the fourth and fifth innings, but was able to work out of trouble.

“I think this was one was a good one,” he said. “With the walks, I didn’t let them bother me, and I didn’t let them make me lose my focus in the game. I was mad with the walks, but I was able to keep my focus and perform.”

The Sox were limited to three hits by Tigers starter Mike Fiers and four relievers.

The Sox loaded the bases with one out in the first inning, but Nicky Delmonico lined out and Welington Castillo grounded out.

“We’ve been putting together some good (at-bats),” shortstop Tim Anderson said. “We haven’t been getting great results, but we definitely have been scratching and putting the barrel on the ball.”

McConnell dead at 79: Former White Sox radio broadcaster Joe McConnell passed away Sunday morning in Indianapolis at 79.

McConnell called Sox games from 1980 to 1984. He teamed with Harry Caray, Jimmy Piersall and Rich King on WBBM-AM coverage from 1980 to 1981. From 1982 to 1984, McConnell worked with Early Wynn and Lorn Brown on WMAQ-AM.

McConnell’s career also included 23 seasons in the NFL as the voice of the Denver Broncos (1969), Minnesota Vikings (1971 to 1976, 1985 to 1987), Bears (1977 to 1984), Indianapolis Colts (1992 to 1994) and Tennessee Oilers (1997 to 1998).

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