Here’s a little baseball math: Nine different White Sox pitchers (including a position player) plus 15 walks equals what? The answer is a 14-inning marathon loss to the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night at U.S. Cellular Field.
The White Sox fell to 8-7 on the season after a 6-4 loss to the defending champion Red Sox. Jackie Bradley Jr. ripped a two-run RBI double off Leury Garcia (yes, that Leury Garcia) in the top of the 14th inning to give the BoSox the two-run advantage and the win.
After John Danks completed another solid outing, the wheels fell off for the White Sox pitching staff. Danks went six strong innings, gave up just three hits (all in the first inning), struck out three and only gave up one earned run. The issue with Danks’ outing: four walks. Danks wasn’t the only White Sox pitcher that had issues giving up free bases to the Red Sox.
White Sox reliever Ronald Belisario pitched a perfect seventh inning with a strikeout. The White Sox led 3-1 heading to the eighth inning. Then, the chaos ensued.
In the eighth inning alone, the White Sox used four relievers to get out of the inning. Scott Downs and Jake Petricka each faced one hitter and walked both. Donnie Veal logged two outs with a walk before Maikel Cleto took over. Cleto finished off the eighth, but gave up back-to-back walks to open the ninth.
The team’s exchanged runs in the 11th before Boston scored two in the top half of the 14th. Thursday’s probables in the series finale are Jon Lester and Chris Sale. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 CT.
- Alexei Ramirez tied the Chicago White Sox record for most games with a hit to start a season (15) with a two-run home run in the sixth inning. The home run was Ramirez’s fourth of the season. Last season, Ramirez didn’t hit his fourth HR until August.
- Leury Garcia became the third position player in the last three seasons for the White Sox to pitch in a regular season game. Garcia was clocked at 88 MPH with his fastball. The last White Sox position player to pitch in a game was Casper Wells in August 2013.
- The slump continued for Alejandro De Aza. After three home runs in the first two games of the season, De Aza cooled off. In his last 40 at-bats, De Aza is 4-for-40 (.100 BA). No bueno.
- Speaking of slumps, Jose Abreu is in one as well. In his last 20 at-bats, Abreu is 1-for-20 (.050 BA). Abreu hasn’t logged an RBI in the last five games.
Staggering Stats of the Night:
White Sox pitching in 8th & 9th inning combined this season: 20 walks, 15 strikeouts in 26.0 innings
— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) April 17, 2014
#WhiteSox relievers have walked 38 batters in 48 innings.
— Dan Hayes (@DanHayesCSN) April 17, 2014