In the first 11 games of the season, the Chicago White Sox pitching staff had given up 61 runs (57 earned), 43 walks and registered baseball’s fourth-worst ERA as a staff (5.29).
Saturday afternoon in Chicago further put the White Sox pitching issues on display.
The White Sox fell back to .500 through 12 games with a 12-6 loss to the Cleveland Indians at U.S. Cellular Field. Felipe Paulino got his third start of the season and struggled from the opening inning on. In five innings pitched, Paulino gave up six hits (three home runs), six runs (all earned), three walks and struck out three on 106 pitches.
The Achilles’ heel for the Sox in their 6-5 start had been the bullpen. In Saturday’s loss, the Sox bullpen gave up six runs (all earned), six hits and five walks. Ronald Belisario (who picked the loss), Scott Downs, Daniel Webb and Donnie Veal all saw action for the Sox. Downs faced only one hitter (Michael Brantley in the seventh inning).
The game was shaping up to be a slug-fest after the two teams combined for nine runs in the first two innings on Saturday. Cleveland took control from the fifth inning on by scoring eight of the final nine runs of the game, including four in the ninth inning.
To help sum up the Sox pitching struggles in the bullpen, CSN Chicago’s awesome statistician Christopher Kamka provided these numbers on Twitter after the loss:
- Sure, the Sox pitching was atrocious for the Sox today, but the offense provided a pop again. For the ninth time in the first 12 games of the season, the Sox scored 5+ runs in a game.
- If the All-Star Game selections were made before May, Adam Eaton would be an All-Star for the American League. Eaton followed up a 2-for-4 night on Friday with a 2-for-3 day on Saturday with his first home run of the year.
- OK, so the Cuban’s human. Jose Abreu struggled again at the plate in the 12-6 loss. Abreu was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.
- Alexei Ramirez extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a single in the fifth inning. Ramirez’s streak is tied the fourth-longest in White Sox history, per the White Sox Twitter account.
- Today’s (announced) attendance at U.S. Cellular Field was 27,332. Take that, Deadspin.
If you were to make a list of players that have torched the White Sox over recent memory, Ryan Raburn would be on that list.
CSN Chicago’s Dan Hayes explained why: