Felipe Paulino was taken out with two outs in the third inning on Friday night against the Texas Rangers.
Martin Perez only gave up three hits in a complete game shutout of the White Sox.
The White Sox lost their third straight on Friday night to the Texas Rangers, 12-0. Adam Eaton led the game off with a base hit up the middle. Leury Garcia hit a one-out double in the third inning. Alexei Ramirez continued his hit streak with a fifth-inning single. That would be it for the White Sox offense.
The shellacking for the Sox began early and only got worse as the night went on. In the third inning (of course the trend of “three” continuing), the Rangers sent 12 hitters to the plate. Texas scored seven runs on six hits to take a 9-0 lead after plating two in the first inning off Felipe Paulino.
Paulino’s night may have only last 3 2/3 innings, but it didn’t end soon enough. In those 3 2/3 innings, Paulino gave up 10 runs on 13 hits, with three walks and three strikeouts.
The Sox bullpen needed some kind of break. After Donnie Veal‘s being assigned to AAA-Charlotte on Thursday, Scott Downs‘ high walk total and Nate Jones‘ lower-back issues, the bullpen needed a breather.
Thursday’s call-up, Zach Putnam, made his White Sox debut on Friday night. In 2 1/3 innings, Putnam gave up one earned run on three hits.
- Remember when I said, “Nights like this happen,” a while back? (I spoke on this here.) Well, in a 162-game season, nights like this happen. It’s no coincidence that Felipe Paulino was the starter again for another rough night. Paulino’s trying to find that burst he had with Kansas City before the Tommy John surgery, but it’s just not there.
- Alexei Ramirez extended his own franchise record with a single in the fifth inning on Friday night. The hit gave Ramirez his 17th straight game with a hit to start the season.
- Friday was the first game of the season where the Sox didn’t score. They still lead all of baseball with 87 runs in 16 games (8-8).
- The White Sox pitching staff: 28th in ERA (4.90) and remain the league leaders in walks (79).
What to do with Felipe Paulino?