GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Reynaldo Lopez matched Johnny Cueto pitch for pitch during the Giants' 3-2 victory over the White Sox on Monday afternoon at Camelback Ranch.
Lopez stands as Chicago's No. 4 prospect and the No. 46 prospect in all of baseball, per MLBPipeline.com, with 11 games and 44 innings pitched at the Major League level. Cueto stands as one of the true aces in Major League Baseball. So it was a pretty good day for the White Sox rebuild, even in the scope of Cactus League competition.
As for Lopez, who is from the same hometown of San Pedro de Macoris in the Dominican Republic as Cueto, it was a challenge to match a hurler he admires.
"It was a surprise and a challenge at the same time, because I didn't know he was the one who would pitch for them," Lopez said through interpreter Billy Russo. "But when the guys told me, I was like, 'Oh, this is going to be a challenge.'
"I said to myself, 'I know he's good, but I can be good too.' I embraced the challenge and I said, 'I'm going to be good too,' and that was what happened."
Giants Up Next: Left-hander Madison Bumgarner will make his sixth Cactus League start -- second against the Padres -- in a 1:05 p.m. PT encounter on Tuesday in an exclusive webcast on sfgiants.com. Since San Diego is a National League West rival, there was talk of Bumgarner getting his work in by appearing in a Minor League exhibition. He might curtail his game activity by a few innings to prevent him from being overexposed to the Padres.
White Sox Up Next: The White Sox play their final 2017 Cactus League night game Tuesday night in Surprise against the Rangers, with a first pitch scheduled for 8:05 p.m. CT, live on Gameday Audio. James Shields will take the mound for the White Sox, with Anthony Swarzak and Dylan Covey also scheduled to pitch.