NEW YORK – Someday this might not be considered a surprise in late August. When that happens, the two guys that produced the series victory for the White Sox this week may still be playing a part in the success.
Ryan LaMarre’s bat and the arm of Reynaldo Lopez, both younger players for the team, shined in their own way on Wednesday night against the Yankees in another strong August effort. The hitter’s four RBI and the pitcher’s quality start helped the White Sox to a 4-1 victory in New York that gives the team a series victory over the second-best team in all of baseball.
Rick Renteria’s team continues their strong play in this month, improving to 16-11 in August with two more games to go. It’s also the sixth win in the last eight games for the club, who continue to give fans more to root for as the second rebuilding season comes to a close.
LaMarre got things going for the White Sox on the offensive end in the second with a double to right field that plated two runs for a 2-0 lead. Another run scoring double in the fourth, this time to left, brought home another run to increase the lead.
After the Yankees got a run back, LaMarre provided the last of his offense on the evening with the second homer of his MLB career.
Meanwhile Lopez became the second starter in as many days to hold down the powerful Yankees’ lineup, which has produced the second most runs in all of baseball in 2018. He got through seven innings allowing just the one run with six strikeouts compared to two walks. It’s the second-straight quality start for Lopez against New York, having also held them to just one run on August 7th at Guaranteed Rate Field, except this one gave the pitcher his first victory since July 1st.
Indeed youth shined on this day, and outside of a few bad innings on Tuesday, the entire series against the Yankees.