Lefty leaves with sore­ness in shoul­der, but Sox rally to win

Chicago Sun-Times - - SPORTS - DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN dvan­schouwen@sun­ | @CST_­sox­van

First, right-han­der Rey­naldo Lopez went down in his first start of the sea­son.

Now, left-han­der Car­los Rodon has gone down in his sec­ond start.

Rodon left the White Sox’ 6-4 vic­tory Mon­day against the Brew­ers at Miller Park af­ter two in­nings with sore­ness in his pitch­ing shoul­der. He al­lowed one run and three hits with one strike­out and no walks.

Rodon’s ve­loc­ity dropped be­low 90 mph in the sec­ond in­ning af­ter peak­ing at 92 mph in the first. The Sox’ Open­ing Day starter in 2019, Rodon made only seven starts last sea­son af­ter be­ing limited to 20 in 2018 com­ing off shoul­der surgery. In his first start this sea­son, he yielded five runs, four hits and three walks in 3‰ in­nings against the In­di­ans.

Rodon will be re-eval­u­ated Tues­day. If he is side­lined, it will be the lat­est in a se­ries of blows to the Sox’ pitch­ing depth, which has taken sig­nif­i­cant losses with the opt-out of right-han­der Michael Kopech, as well as an in­jury to right-han­der Jimmy Lam­bert (strained fore­arm). Lopez is on the 10-day in­jured list with shoul­der in­flam­ma­tion.

With their pitch­ing thin­ning out, the Sox might have to rely even more on an of­fense that ranked first or sec­ond in nu­mer­ous of­fen­sive cat­e­gories en­ter­ing the game and kept on swing­ing against the Brew­ers’ rested pitch­ing staff. Jose Abreu and Yoan Mon­cada home­red as the Sox (6-4) won their fifth game in a row.

Abreu drove in a run in a two-run first, then hit a ty­ing two-run home run on a 3-0 pitch in the sev­enth. With the Sox lead­ing 5-4, Mon­cada went deep in the ninth to give them an in­surance run.

Leury Gar­cia (3-for-4), who beat the re­lay on a po­ten­tial dou­ble play to get on base for the 10th con­sec­u­tive time in his last two games, scored on a wild pitch by David Phelps in the eighth to break a 4-4 tie.

Through nine games, the Sox ranked first in the ma­jors in bat­ting av­er­age (.281), tied for first in hits (92) and sec­ond in the Amer­i­can League in runs (50), on-base per­cent­age (.342), slugging per­cent­age (.456) and OPS (.797).

The Sox have banged out 21, 14 and 12 hits in their last three games with 2019 AL bat­ting cham­pion Tim An­der­son on the in­jured list, and they wel­comed an ad­di­tion Mon­day with right fielder No­mar Mazara re­in­stated from the IL. Mazara didn’t start, but he en­tered for Adam En­gel in the sixth and had a sin­gle in two at-bats.

‘‘You’re go­ing to see him a lot,’’ man­ager Rick Ren­te­ria said. ‘‘It’s a big add for us.’’

‘‘It’s been re­ally fun, man, just watch­ing the guys go out there and do their thing,’’ Mazara said be­fore the game. ‘‘We’re loaded, man.’’

Mazara was par­tic­i­pat­ing in sum­mer-camp work­outs at Guaranteed Rate Field when he was put on the IL on July 21. He said he had strep throat and alerted train­ing staff, who made him fol­low MLB’s pro­to­cols to make sure ev­ery­body was safe.

‘‘I was only sick for two days, and that was it,’’ Mazara said.

Mazara be­gan par­tic­i­pat­ing in work­outs with the taxi squad in Schaum­burg six days ago.

It now looks as though Rodon could go on the IL. He was re­placed by rookie right-han­der Matt Foster, who struck out the side in the third and pitched two score­less in­nings.

Left-han­der Ross Detwiler, who pitched a score­less sev­enth with three strike­outs and has not been scored on in five relief ap­pear­ances, is a pos­si­ble re­place­ment for Rodon. Detwiler posted a 6.59 ERA last sea­son in 12 starts and six relief ap­pear­ances, but he has looked like a dif­fer­ent pitcher in 2020.

Evan Mar­shall pitched a per­fect eighth to keep his ERA at 0.00, and Alex Colome pitched a score­less ninth for his sec­ond save. He re­tired Chris­tian Yelich, rep­re­sent­ing the ty­ing run, on a grounder to sec­ond to end the game.

Sox left-han­der Car­los Rodon lasted only two in­nings Mon­day against the Brew­ers be­fore de­part­ing with a shoul­der in­jury.

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