White Sox starter Reynaldo López had himself a day against the Tigers on Sunday afternoon. The right-hander limited the opposition to an unearned run on two hits and three walks while striking out 14 batters over six innings. 14 strikeouts! In six innings!
It’s the second time a pitcher has struck out at least 14 batters in a start this season. Jacob deGrom also struck out 14 on April 3 against the Marlins. López is the first member of the White Sox to strike out at least 14 since Chris Sale in a complete game effort against the Mariners on August 26, 2016. The last pitcher to strike out at least 14 batters in six or fewer innings was Mike Fiers on August 14, 2014 against the Cubs.
Following Sunday’s effort, López now has a 6.03 ERA with 39 strikeouts and 17 walks in 31 1/3 innings this season.
The Mariners announced on Tuesday that second baseman Dee Gordon has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to a strained left quad. Infielder Tim Lopes was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma and pitcher Parker Markel was designated for assignment.
Gordon, 31, apparently suffered the injury diving back into first base during Monday’s game against the Rangers. The speedster is batting .280/.306/.367 with 14 extra-base hits, 27 RBI, 26 runs scored, and 16 stolen bases in 284 plate appearances.
Lopes, 25, will provide infield depth for the Mariners while Gordon is on the mend. At Tacoma, Lopes hit .302/.362/.480 with 10 home runs, 60 RBI, 58 runs scored, and 24 stolen bases in 403 PA.
Gordon’s injury comes at a bad time for the Mariners with the July 31 trade deadline on the horizon. He is under contract for 2020 at $13.5 million and has a 2021 club option worth $14 million with a $1 million buyout. A contending team might have traded for Gordon. Now the Mariners will have to wait until the offseason to explore that possibility.