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

John Danks Struggles, Sox Lose 12-5


White Sox pitcher John Danks won two of his first four starts of the season. After those four starts, Danks’ ERA was 2.84. In those starts, Danks would seemingly get off to a rough start and settle in after a few innings. However, on Friday night, Danks could never recover in a 12-5 Sox loss to the Cleveland Indians in the opening game of a three-game set.

Before the game really got out of the gate, the Sox were down 5-0 after an inning. The Tribe torched John Danks and Co. for five runs on five hits (with two walks from Danks).

In eight innings, Cleveland scored in five of them, including five of the first six. The Sox were good as usual offensively, but hit into three inning-ending double plays and went 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position.

On Saturday, Scott Carroll will head to the bump for the White Sox against Cleveland. The Indians will send Justin Masterson to the mound in the second game of the three-game series. The Sox will look to snap their now eight-game losing streak at Progressive Field.

 

Game Notes:

  • Jose Abreu knocked his Major League-leading 11th home run in the fifth inning. Abreu’s 11 home runs and 33 runs batted in lead all of baseball.

  • The lower-body injury issues continued for Adam Eaton on Friday night. Eaton tweaked his right hamstring and according to CSN Chicago’s Dan Hayes, there’s a real possibility Eaton could end up on the 15-day disabled list with ace Chris Sale.
  • White Sox killer Ryan Raburn logged two more RBI’s in the win for Cleveland. According to CSN Chicago’s stat guru Christopher Kamka, Raburn has 74 RBI’s against the Sox in his career. Against all other teams, Raburn has no more than 23 RBI’s against a single team.
  • John Danks in the loss tonight: 5 IP, 10 H, 8 ER, 3 BB and 3 K’s on 100 pitches. Danks has a 21 K/20 BB ratio in his six starts this season.

 

CSN Chicago’s Dan Hayes provided a White Sox farm system update during Friday’s game. Recently demoted right-hander Erik Johnson started for the Triple-A Charlotte Knights.

The Knights lost 1-0 in 11 innings.

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