Today’s featured number: 15.
No, the White Sox didn’t score double-digit runs for the second day in a row. They did win the series opener in Detroit, 3-1. John Danks went 6 1/3 gritty innings to pick up his second win of the season. The bullpen pitched 2 2/3 shutout innings and the Sox got back to .500 on the season.
CSN Chicago’s Dan Hayes had the inside scoop on the Sale injury:
It’s a tough break for Sale, who got off to a great start in 2014. In four starts, Sale went 3-0 with a 2.30 ERA and 29 strikeouts. Sale’s WHIP was 0.84, which is ninth-best in all of baseball.
- Late-game execution: The Sox trailed 1-0 with nine outs left to work with on Monday night. Four hits and three runs later, the Sox took a two-run lead in the seventh inning. It was the the beef of the order that got the job done. Conor Gillaspie and Jose Abreu drilled back-to-back doubles to tie the game, then Dayan Viciedo hit the third double of the inning to score Abreu and to give the Sox the lead for good.
- John Danks: 6 1/3 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 3 BB and a K on 101 pitches. It hasn’t been pretty with Danks in every start this year, but it’s been effective. Danks has been a grinder on the back-end of the rotation and has answer the bell.
- Fun fact: Four of the Sox five hits tonight were doubles (Semien, Gillaspie, Abreu and Viciedo).
- How’s this for a counter? The White Sox bullpen scoreless inning counter: 6 2/3 straight scoreless innings.