The Chicago White Sox lost the final two games to wrap up a four-game set with the visiting Tampa Bay The series split concluded an 8-game home-stand, with the White Sox going 3-5 at U.S. Cellular Field. After winning three games in a row, the White Sox were looking to end the home-stand on a positive note. However, it seems like this team just can’t get anything going in an attempt to get back to .500.
Here’s how the final series of the home-stand ended:
Saturday, April 27th – Rays 10 White Sox 4
On Saturday, the White Sox ran into one of the hottest pitchers in the American League. Tampa starter Matt Moore was dominant in his six innings of work, and Sox’ hitters really had no chance. Adam Dunn did launch a solo homer (his 5th) off of the lefty in the fourth inning, but that’s all that Moore would give up. The Sox did get to reliever Kyle Farnsworth later in the game, but it was not nearly enough to make the game close.
Gavin Floyd got the start for the Sox, and it may be a while before he makes another. Floyd struggled during his 2.2 innings of work, but the bigger issue was that he left the game due to an injury. Floyd suffered a flexor strain in his right elbow, and was placed on the 15-day DL after game. There is no current timetable for his return. Hector Santiago was asked to come in and pitch as long as he could to save the bullpen. Given that, Santiago was touched up for 10 hits in 3.2 innings, giving up four runs. He did not walk a batter, and struck out four batters. Manager Robin Ventura said that Santiago will take Floyd’s spot in the rotation for the time being. After throwing 86 pitches, Santiago should be ready to pitch five or six innings in his next start, provided he is effective enough to last that long.
Sunday, April 28th – Rays 8 White Sox 3
With David Price on the mound, the White Sox offense was not much better on Sunday. The Sox only had six hits on the afternoon, with Paul Konerko’s 2-run homer (his 4th) doing the bulk of the damage. Adam Dunn added the other RBI on a run-scoring single in the first inning, and has quietly had at least one hit and one RBI in four straight games.
Dylan Axelrod got the nod on Sunday, and was very solid once again. Axelrod went six innings, giving up three runs, on four hits, one walk, and three strikeouts. Unfortunately two of the hits were home runs, but it was still a good outing for Axelrod. He now has a 3.95 ERA and 1.25 WHIP on the young season. While Axelrod has pitched well enough in four of his five games to pick up a victory, he remains winless after the first month of the season.
Reliever Nate Jones came in to pitch the seventh inning and held the Rays scoreless. After an easy inning, Jones was asked to start the eighth and ended up relinquishing the lead. Jones was pegged with the loss after giving up three runs (one earned), on two hits and two walks in his 1.1 innings of work. With the lead being coughed up, the White Sox’s bats were not able to produce a rally, ending the series in a split.
Record: 10-14, 4th place in AL Central (4.0 games back)
Up Next: An 8-game road trip begins with three games in Arlington versus the Texas Rangers (16-9)
Tuesday, April 30th at 7:05pm CT: Jose Quintana (2-0, 2.78 ERA) vs. Yu Darvish (4-1, 1.65 ERA)
Wednesday, May 1st at 7:05pm CT: Chris Sale (2-2, 4.09 ERA) vs. Nick Tepesch (2-1, 2.53 ERA)
Thursday, May 2nd at 7:05pm CT: Jake Peavy (3-1, 3.38 ERA) vs. Justin Grimm (2-0, 1.59 ERA)
Prediction: After struggling out of the gate in April, the White Sox will now look to get things going versus one of the American League’s best teams. The White Sox will face Yu Darvish in game one, and figure to be in for a long night given his strikeout prowess. The Sox might be catching a break by facing Nick Tepesch and Justin Grimm in games 2 and 3, but those two have gotten off to rather surprising starts. With Chris Sale and Jake Peavy slated to face Tepesch and Grimm, the Sox may have a chance to win a couple games. However, with the way the Sox are playing, I can’t pick them to beat the Rangers on the road. Rangers win two of three.
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