GIANTS 3, SOX 2
’ Do can do
Right- hander Reynaldo Lopez impressed again, allowing two hits in six scoreless innings, striking out four and walking none Monday.
Lopez, 23, arguably had been the most impressive of the pitching prospects the Sox acquired in the Chris Sale and
Adam Eaton trades even before the outing. A suggestion from pitching coach Don Cooper for Lopez to move from the right side of the rubber to the middle clicked.
‘‘ Yes, this was the best,’’ Lopez said through a translator.
Lopez pitched 44 innings for the Nationals last season ( 5- 3, 4.91 ERA) but is a long shot to open the season with the Sox, whose starting rotation is set for now. This is his first big- league camp, but look for him to come up from Class AAA Charlotte before too long.
‘‘[ Starting in the minors] wouldn’t be a disappointment because I’ve been taking advantage of this opportunity,’’ said Lopez, who has a 3.72 ERA in 19⅓ innings this spring.
Lopez was opposed by fellow Dominican Johnny Cueto, who also hails from San Pedro de Macoris. They train at the same facility, Lopez said.
‘‘ I said, ‘ I know he’s good, but I can be good, too,’’’ Lopez said.
Leadoff man Peter Bourjos (. 371) hit his third triple of the spring and scored.
Taking the L
Reliever Tommy Kahnle, who isn’t expected to make the Opening Day roster, allowed a three- run home run to Ryder Jones in the eighth inning, dropping the Sox to 12- 11- 1 this spring.
White Sox at Rangers, Surprise, 8: 05 p. m., James Shields vs. Cole Hamels.