The Chicago White Sox had a stable current historical past on their facet towards the Baltimore Orioles, however they by no means needed to face off towards Adley Rutschman.
The Orioles rookie catcher had Sox starter Johnny Cueto’s quantity Thursday night time, tagging him for a two-run homer within the fourth and an RBI double two innings later to ship the Sox to a 4-0 loss at Assured Charge Discipline.
Rutschman’s three RBIs had been a profession excessive — he had all of 4 in his first 26 video games.
“He had a giant night time,” Sox supervisor Tony La Russa mentioned. “See if we will make some changes, maintain him quiet.”
Cueto threw 5 ⅓ innings, allowed seven hits — together with a two-run homer to Rutschman — and struck out seven.
The Sox had gained eight straight towards the Orioles relationship to Could 1, 2019. However they went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring place and left 11 on base.
“I might say we should always win the sport whenever you get 9 hits and plenty of onerous outs — it is best to mark one thing, proper?” La Russa mentioned. “So we hit plenty of balls onerous and couldn’t break by means of.
Added catcher Seby Zavala, who had two doubles: “We had three, 4 balls that had been hit fairly good and thought we had an excellent likelihood to depart the yard or not less than go off the wall. They had been simply dying on the market.”
One brilliant spot for the Sox was Lenyn Sosa’s major-league debut, which made a long-lasting impression on the infielder: “Step on the sphere and see the group, the stadium, the followers. I’ve by no means performed in a stadium like this.
“It was fairly wonderful.”
The Orioles thought they’d grabbed an early lead on Trey Mancini’s would-be RBI double within the third inning, however Cedric Mullins was tagged out sliding into dwelling. The Orioles challenged, believing the left-field relay from A.J. Pollock to Tim Anderson to Zavala got here too late, however the name was upheld.
Within the fourth, Ryan Mountcastle doubled to middle and superior to 3rd on Leury Garcia’s error. Rutschman made the Sox pay for that mistake with a two-run homer.
Gavin Sheets, taking part in his first recreation within the majors since June 9, gave the Sox hope for a response with a double within the backside of the inning, however proper fielder Austin Hays threw him out at dwelling after Leury Garcia’s line-drive single.
Sheets adopted Jake Burger’s sixth-inning double with a stroll and chased Orioles starter Dean Kremer, however reliever Felix Bautista struck out Zavala.
Sheets labored a 3-0 depend within the eighth, however the drama ended with a flyout to the center-field warning observe.
“Good at bats. Excellent,” La Russa mentioned.
Accidents pressured the Sox to shuffle the lineup for the sequence opener.
Anderson, who turned 29 on Thursday, led off with backup shortstop Danny Mendick out for the season with a torn ACL in his proper knee. Anderson went 1-for-5 with two strikeouts.
La Russa opted to exchange proper fielder Adam Engel, who went on the 10-day IL with a strained proper hamstring, with Sheets and stored Andrew Vaughn at first base.
Luis Robert was coping with a leg difficulty that arose throughout Wednesday’s recreation towards the Toronto Blue Jays, so La Russa opted to take a seat him and inserted Leury Garcia in middle.
“It’s baseball. It’s a part of the sport,” Cueto mentioned of all of the accidents. “I believe you must be like a horse — simply maintain shifting ahead.”
The Sox’s authentic plan for Sosa was for him to make his debut someday through the four-game weekend homestand towards the Orioles — simply not Thursday. However Josh Harrison was shaken up after getting hit by a pitch within the backside of the fifth, and Sosa changed him at second within the sixth. Sosa struck out in his first profession at-bat, then walked within the ninth on a nine-pitch at bat.
“I assumed his first at-bat was all proper,” La Russa mentioned. “I assumed his second at-bat was one of many highlights of the night time. We had been competing at that time. He drew a stroll, fouled off a few powerful pitches. I assumed that was very spectacular.
“He has all of the attributes of being an excellent hitter.”
Harrison suffered a bruised proper triceps, and X-rays had been damaging. He’s everyday.
“He’s acquired a giant ol’ knot at the back of his proper throwing arm,” La Russa mentioned. “It was a peculiar method to get hit.”