Apr 21, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher John Danks (50) pitches in the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Sox Win Series Opener, But Lose Chris Sale

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.

The number 15 is for Sox ace Chris Sale. After the Sox win on Monday night, it was announced that Chris Sale would be placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained flexor muscle.

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.

Sale was scheduled to start Tuesday in Detroit, but with the trip to the DL confirmed, the Sox called up Charlie Leesman from Triple-A Charlotte to start in place of Chris Sale.


Game Notes:

  • 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.

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