Today’s featured number: Four.
Four is the inning where things went array for the White Sox in Wednesday’s 5-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers scored four runs on four hits off Sox starter Hector Noesi in the fourth inning. After giving up those four earned runs on five hits, Noesi was pulled.
For the second time in a week, the Sox bats were as cold as Chicago weather against reigning AL Cy Young winner Max Scherzer. In six innings, Scherzer gave up four hits and three walks, while striking out seven to pick up his third victory of the season.
The fourth inning that doomed the White Sox today: Double, single, sac fly, double, walk, sac fly, double.
Noesi went 3 2/3 innings, gave up four runs on five hits, walked one and struck out two in his first start with the White Sox. The Sox are Noesi’s third team of the month.
No, that’s not a typo.
Noesi was previously with the Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers. Coincidentally, the last appearance Noesi made for the Rangers was on April 20th against the White Sox. That was a day Noesi would like to forget. In one inning pitched against the Sox, Noesi gave up seven runs on seven hits in a 16-2 White Sox romp in Arlington.
The Sox finished the first full month of the season at 14-15, three games behind first-place Detroit (14-9). have Thursday off and then head to Cleveland for a three-game set with the Indians. John Danks will get the start on Friday against Cleveland right-hander Danny Salazar. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 CT.
- White Sox first baseman/DH Jose Abreu ripped his 19th extra-base hit of the season on Wednesday. Abreu in March/April had 31 total hits. Yeah, he’s pretty good.
- Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez picked up his 40th hit in March/April with a fourth-inning single. Ramirez broke Paul Konerko‘s 12-year club record of most hits in March/April.
- The Sox only had one inning where they recorded multiple hits (9th inning, two hits).