In his first outing after Tommy John surgery in July 2012, Felipe Paulino pitched 5 1/3 innings, gave up seven hits, two runs, two walks and struck out six in a 7-6 White Sox win last Tuesday in Chicago. In his second start since the surgery, Paulino didn’t make even make it out of the fifth inning in a 8-1 Sox loss at the hands of the Colorado Rockies on Monday night.
Paulino threw 99 pitches in just 4 1/3 innings (58 strikes), gave up nine hits, six runs (all earned), walked four and struck out two. Along with Paulino’s rough night on the bump, the Sox only mustered three hits of their five total hits in the first six innings, while the Rockies rocked the Sox pitching staff for 13 hits.
The three-game set between the two teams continues on Tuesday. Jose Quintana will take the hill for the Sox and lefty Franklin Morales will start for Colorado. Quintana picked up a no-decision in his season debut against Minnesota last Thursday, going six innings, giving up five hits, three walks and striking out eight.
-Throughout a 162-game season, you’re going to have nights like Monday. The Sox came out flat, Felipe Paulino struggled and Rockies right-hander Jordan Lyles was solid. Lyles gave up just five hits in 6 2/3 innings and struck out four.
-The Eaton/Semien/Abreu top of the order can be awesome for the Sox moving forward, but the three have struggled in the last couple games. Tonight was no different. The three combined to hit 1-for-12 tonight.
-There’s no need to panic. Like I mentioned in the first note, nights like Monday happen. Sometimes, it’s just not your night. Turning the page quickly and moving on is part of the game. You just hope nights like these don’t happen often (unlike in 2013). Monday was only game #7 of 162. There’s quite a long way to go still.
-The Sox signed Tommy Hanson to a minor-league deal on Monday. He’s had stints with Atlanta and Anaheim before failing to make the Texas Rangers roster this past spring. Hanson is 49-35 in his career with a 3.80 lifetime ERA.
Relevant Sox Tweet of the Night: The walks given up by the White Sox pitching staff continue to be an early season concern. (The Sox didn’t give up a walk after CSN Chicago’s Dan Hayes tweeted this out in the fifth inning.)