The one thing that’s been just as bad than the Chicago White Sox bullpen in 2014 has been their defense. Only the Houston Astros made more errors defensively than the Sox did in 2013. An error was the downfall on Tuesday night for the White Sox in a 4-3 loss to the Detroit Tigers.
With one out in the ninth inning, Tigers outfielder Austin Jackson hit a deep fly-ball to right field. White Sox outfielder Dayan Viciedo had a beat on the ball, but the ball bounced off the tip of Viciedo’s glove and Jackson would end up on third base.
Two hitters later, catcher Bryan Holaday laid down a perfect bunt down the third base line to score Jackson and gave the Tigers the lead for good.
Of course the Sox would blow a 3-0 lead with Jose Quintana pitching, right? Quintana pitched six innings, gave up three earned runs on eight, didn’t walk a hitter and struck out 10. I wouldn’t be opposed to Quintana changing his name to “QuiNDana”.
The White Sox and Tigers conclude their mini two-game set with a matinee match-up on Wednesday afternoon. The Sox will send Hector Noesi to the hill, while the Tigers send 2013 AL Cy Young winner Max Scherzer to the mound. Scherzer struck out 10 over six innings of two-hit ball last Thursday against the Sox.
Noesi will make his first start since last May on Wednesday. Noesi has taken Erik Johnson‘s place in the rotation. Johnson was recently demoted to Triple-A Charlotte.
- White Sox pitching struck out 14 Tiger hitters and still lost. Ronald Belisario and Jake Petricka only gave up one hit combined in the three inning they pitched, while striking out three.
- The Sox had the go-ahead man on in the seventh and eighth innings, but couldn’t capitalize. Alejandro De Aza led the seventh off with a triple and the Sox couldn’t score. Jose Abreu doubled in the eighth, Adam Dunn was intentionally walked and the Sox still couldn’t capitalize.