Due to some personal matters that required my attention, I was unable to provide recaps on the last several games. With that being said, I’ll share some quick thoughts about what has happened over the past week.
Thursday, May 16th – White Sox 5, Angels 4
The White Sox picked up a come-from-behind victory in the series opener versus the Los Angeles Angels by scoring three runs in the eighth inning. Alex Rios hit his 9th home run of the season. Jose Quintana turned in a solid performance during his 6.2 innings of work. The lefty gave up four runs on six hits, three walks, and four strikeouts. Relievers Matt Lindstrom, Jesse Crain, and Addison Reed finished out the game with 2.1 scoreless innings. Reed picked up his 13th save of the season.
Friday, May 17th – White Sox 3, Angels 0
The White Sox picked up their fourth straight victory behind home runs by Alex Rios (his 10th) and Adam Dunn (his 10th), and another dominant outing from Chris Sale. Sale was brilliant over his 7.2 scoreless innings by giving up just three hits, three walks, and recording 12 strikeouts. With this performance that followed Sale’s shutout on Mothers’ Day, the left-hander has now tossed 23 consecutive scoreless frames. Addison Reed pitched a perfect ninth inning that resulted in his 14th save of the season.
Saturday, May 18th – Angels 12, White Sox 9
The White Sox offense was on fire, cranking out 17 hits and scoring 9 runs in defeat. Hector Gimenez recorded three RBI on a home run in the eighth inning, while Alex Rios and Adam Dunn each added a pair of RBI to account for the bulk on the runs scored. Unfortunately, the offensive outburst was not enough to bail out Hector Santiago and the bullpen.
Sunday, May 19th – Angels 6, White Sox 2
The White Sox offense was shut-down by opposing starter Jason Vargas. Alejandro De Aza and Alex Rios each picked up a RBI late, but the game was pretty much decided at that point. Jake Peavy struggled throughout most of the afternoon, and uncharacteristically walked five batters. Look for Peavy to get back on track with the lowly Marlins on tap for his next scheduled start.
Monday, May 20th – White Sox 6, Red Sox 4
Adam Dunn blasted a three-run bomb (his 11th) in the first inning, and the White Sox added two more runs in the second inning to take a commanding 5-0 lead. That lead would hold up behind Dylan Axelrod’s solid start. “Axe” went six innings, giving up just two runs on four hits, one walk, and two strikeouts to pick up his 2nd win of the season. Addison Reed allowed a hit in the ninth, but closed the door to secure his 15th save of the year.
Tuesday, May 21st – White Sox 3, Red Sox 1
Jeff Keppinger provided all the offense the White Sox would need by hitting a 2-run homer, his first of the season. Keppinger has been a huge disappointment so far this season, but maybe he is starting to turn it on. Over the last 7 games, Keppinger is batting .333 (8-for-24), with six RBI. As mentioned, the Sox did not need to score a lot of runs with Jose Quintana on the mound. The lefty was dominant yesterday, as he carried a no-hitter through the first 6.1 innings. “Q” wound up allowing two more hits and was removed from the game in favor Jesse Crain. With the bases loaded and one out, Crain got Will Middlebrooks and Stephen Drew to strike out swinging to end the inning. Addison Reed pitched another scoreless inning en route to his 16th save of the season.
*Gordon Beckham is currently on a rehab assignment in Triple-A, and he could return this weekend. Beckham has been out since April 10th after fracturing the hamate bone in his left wrist.
*John Danks has made four minor league rehab starts, and he could also return this weekend. The White Sox were supposed to make a decision today on when Danks would return, with Friday being a possibility. Danks has not pitched in a regular season game since May 19th of last year, and underwent shoulder surgery on August 6th.
*Chris Sale was scratched from today’s start with a slight case of tendinitis in his left shoulder. The move is said to be precautionary, and Sale is expected to start Tuesday versus the Cubs. Still, this news is very concerning.
Record: 21-23, 4th place in AL Central (5.0 games back)
Up Next: The White Sox go for the sweep over the Red Sox during Wednesday’s series finale.
Wednesday, May 22 at 7:10pm CT: Hector Santiago (1-2, 2.78 ERA) vs. Clay Buchholz (6-0, 1.78 ERA)
Prediction: With Buchholz on the mound and Santiago filling in for Chris Sale, the Red Sox should be able to avoid being swept.
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