Roller coaster game goes against the White Sox in Washington
WASHINGTON D.C. – Over the course of nine innings and nearly four hours of baseball, the pitfalls of a rebuild were seen at Nationals Park.
There was a roaring start by the White Sox, who appeared ready to continue their momentum from last week and reach the .500 mark. But then problems crept up, a young pitcher lost his edge and the offense that was strong to start shut down in the end.
This is how it can go with a young team building into something greater, with the good and the bad coming within the course of a couple of hours. It made for a frustrating night for Rick Renteria and White Sox fans as the team lost 9-5 on Tuesday evening.
Indeed the score is deceptive on both fronts, with the Nationals not dominating as much as the score would say nor the White Sox being as far out of it as they ended up being. In fact, the visitors jumped out to a fast 5-0 lead before pitcher Reynaldo Lopez began to struggle in the third inning.
By the time he left, the lead was gone, and the White Sox bats, which went scoreless in the final seven innings, had no answer as the team fell to 29-31 on the season.
Such a result looked unlikely when the visitor’s offense erupted in the first two innings, with singles by James McCann, Eloy Jimenez, and Yolmer Sanchez brought in four runs in the first. A 458-foot blast in the second inning by Yoan Moncada gave him his 11th homer of the year to make it 5-0.
Lopez held the Nationals scoreless in the first two innings but they got to him after that, striking for two runs on an Anthony Rendon double in the third then another on a Howie Kendrick homer in the fourth. It fell apart in the fifth inning when Lopez allowed two runners on to start the inning then surrendered a go-ahead three-run homer to Rendon to make it 6-5.
Josh Osich struggled just as much, allowing an RBI double to Kendrick then a two-run homer to Victor Robles to increase the lead to four.
After that, the White Sox offense only showed life in the ninth when they got two runners on with one out. Sean Doolittle was then called out of the bullpen by the Nationals, and he took care of the rest, getting Moncada and Jose Abreu out to finish the game.
It’s one that looked like a win then became a loss, representing the best and worst of a rebuild of the course of nine innings.