After losing six straight games to the Chicago Cubs and the Oakland Athletics, the Chicago White Sox went to Seattle hoping to end their losing streak. However, the Mariners piled on two more losses to increase the losing streak to eight games for the beleaguered White Sox. On Wednesday, it took sixteen innings for the White Sox to finally end the streak. With the losing streak erased, the Sox traveled back to Chicago to take on the Oakland Athletics, who quickly put the Sox back into the loss column.
Let’s take a quick look at what happened throughout the week:
Monday, June 3rd – Mariners 4, White Sox 2
Monday’s game was a familiar sight for White Sox fans. Joe Saunders entered the game with a 5.57 ERA and simply shutdown the Pale Hose. The soft-tossing lefty pitched 6.1 innings of one-run ball, allowing just five hits, one walk, and five strikeouts. No White Sox regular had a multi-hit game, as six different players registered one hit. Jeff Keppinger and Adam Dunn provided the only runs of the game on RBI-singles in the second and ninth innings respectively. Despite only scoring two runs, the Sox had plenty of chances as evident by leaving eleven runners on base throughout the game.
John Danks made his third start of the season and turned in a decent performance. The southpaw pitched six innings while giving up four runs (three earned), on seven hits, one walk, and five punch-outs. Normally that kind of effort would at least give the Sox a chance to win, but with the way the offense is struggling, it seems that the starters need to throw a shutout in order to pick up a victory.
Tuesday, June 4th – Mariners 7, White Sox 4
The offense was surprisingly able to score four runs off of opposing starter Felix Hernandez, but it was not nearly enough to snap the losing streak. Adam Dunn cranked out his 13th home run of the season in the second inning, but Hernandez would shutdown the Sox over the next five innings as he pitched with a comfortable lead.
Jake Peavy was on the mound for the Sox and he just didn’t look right. Peavy was roughed up for six runs on seven hits in his 2.1 innings of work. After a complete-game win against the Marlins on May 25th, Peavy has given up 12 earned runs over his last 6.1 innings of work. During that span, the righty’s ERA has risen from 2.97 to 4.30. We would later find out that Peavy had been pitching through an injury that will force him to be out a while. There’s more info on injury below.
Wednesday, June 5th – White Sox 7, Mariners 5 (16 innings)
It only took 16 innings, but the White Sox finally snapped their eight-game skid. After 13 innings of scoreless baseball, the Sox erupted to score five runs in the fourteenth inning. Unfortunately, the Mariners would respond by also scoring five runs in the bottom half of the inning to extend the game. Throughout the marathon the Sox racked up seventeen hits, with Alex Rios and Gordon Beckham each having four-hit games. Alejandro De Aza would drive in the eventual game-winning run on a RBI-single in the top of the sixteenth inning.
Dylan Axelrod made the start for the Sox, pitching 5.1 innings of scoreless ball. The righty threw a lot of pitches while working around six hits and five walks. “Axe” struck out four batters on the afternoon and lowered his ERA to 3.73 on the season. With Axelrod barely pitching into the sixth inning, the White Sox bullpen had to pick up a lot of the slack. The bullpen combined to pitch 7.2 scoreless frames from the sixth through the thirteenth inning before giving the ball to Addison Reed. With a five-run lead, the Sox’ closer somehow managed to cough up the lead. Having only pitched once since recording his last save on May 26th, Reed definitely appeared to be rusty. Reed had been nothing short of spectacular throughout the first two months of the season, so I’ll chalk that one up as just a bump in the road. He would rebound to pitch two scoreless innings to pick up the victory.
Thursday, June 6th – Athletics 5, White Sox 4 (10 innings)
After finally winning a game, the White Sox went back to their losing ways as they opened up a four-game set with the Oakland Athletics. The Sox scored four runs on nine hits, including a three-hit day from Alejandro De Aza and a two-hit effort from Alex Rios. Each player recorded a RBI on a single, while Alexei Ramirez drove in two runs on a single of his own. The Sox scored all their runs in the first five innings, before being shut down by the A’s bullpen.
Jose Quintana got the start for the Sox and he gave them a much needed 7.2 innings. After Wednesday’s 16-inning affair, the Sox needed their starter to go as deep into the game as possible. “Q” did allow four runs on seven hits, no walks, and two strikeouts. It wasn’t his best effort as he allowed three home runs, but he was solid once again. Matt Lindstrom and Jesse Crain held the A’s in-check to force extra innings, before Matt Thornton ultimately surrendered the winning run on a home run to Adam Rosales in the tenth inning.
*Gordon Beckham was activated from the 15-day disabled list prior to Monday’s game. The second baseman missed over seven weeks of action due to a broken hamate bone in his left wrist. Beckham batted ninth in his return on Monday, second on Tuesday, and eighth on Wednesday and Thursday as manager Robin Ventura struggles to find a consistent lineup.
*Starter Jake Peavy was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a non-displaced fracture in his rib cage. He will be out 4-6 weeks, thus putting him on-track to return after the all-star break.
*The White Sox selected SS Tim Anderson with the 17th overall selection in Thursday’s MLB First-year Player Draft. Anderson, 19, hit .495 with 41 stolen bases as a member of East Central Community College. Here is a terrific breakdown of Anderson by Yahoo! Sports’ Jacob Long.
Record: 25-33, Last place in AL Central (9.0 games back)
Up Next: The White Sox continue a four-game set with the visiting Oakland Athletics (37-25) to finish the week.
Friday, June 7th at 7:10pm CT: Chris Sale (5-3, 2.44 ERA) vs. Jarrod Parker (4-6, 4.90 ERA)
Saturday, June 8th at 3:10pm CT: John Danks (0-2, 5.63 ERA) vs. Tommy Milone (6-5, 3.91 ERA)
Sunday, June 9th at 1:10pm CT: Hector Santiago (1-4, 3.35 ERA) vs. A.J. Griffin (5-4, 3.67 ERA)
Prediction: After losing 9 out of their last 10 games and now sitting nine games back of first place, there is not a whole lot to look forward to everyday. However, Friday’s game offers a great pitching matchup, and it should be entertaining to watch. Chris Sale has been brilliant pretty much all season, and Jarrod Parker has really come on strong with a 3.22 ERA over his last seven starts after starting the season 0-4 with an 8.10 ERA. The final two games of the series feature pitching matchups that should favor the Athletics with John Danks making just his fourth start of the season, and with Hector Santiago making his first start after rejoining the starting rotation after Jake Peavy was placed on the disabled list. Athletics win two of the final three games.
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