This past Sunday, minor-league journeyman Scott Carroll got his shot at the big time. Carroll was called up from the Charlotte Knights, the Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox.
In his first major league start with the Sox, Scott Carroll was outstanding. In 7 1/3 innings pitched, Carroll gave up one earned run on six hits, while striking out three in a 9-2 White Sox victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.
In his second start with the Sox, Carroll was solid once again, but a familiar issue reared itself:
In the second inning, Carroll was able to get Cleveland outfielder David Murphy to pop up to Marcus Semien at third base. With the wind blowing relatively well, Semien misplayed the fly-ball and dropped it, allowing the run to score.
In the fifth inning, Cleveland speedster Jose Ramirez laid a bunt down in front of White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers. Flowers fielded the bunt cleanly, but overthrew Jose Abreu at first base, allowing Ramirez to advance to second. Ramirez would later score on a sacrifice fly from former White Sox utility-man Nick Swisher.
Saturday evening had an eerie feeling of the problems that plagued the White Sox in 2013. Bad base-running, giving teams free base-runners and only mustering five hits at the plate. It’s a 162-game season, but the Sox now sit three games under .500 and have lost of five of their last seven games.
White Sox Notes:
- Before Saturday’s game, the White Sox placed Adam Eaton on the 15-day disabled list due to a right hamstring strain.
- Sox manager Robin Ventura also announced that reliever Nate Jones would be moved to the 60-day disabled list and would have back surgery on Monday. Jones is expected to return before the 2014 season concludes.
- With two errors today, the Sox have 27 errors on the season, which would tie them for 27th in all of baseball. Only Cleveland, Arizona and Los Angeles have more errors than the Sox.
- With Eaton’s inclusion to the disabled list, that makes seven White Sox on the disabled list (Avi Garcia, Gillaspie, Eaton, Jones, Keppinger, Paulino and Sale) in just 31 games.
CSN Chicago’s Dan Hayes provided some injury updates for some banged-up White Sox players: