Sunday afternoon finished up a rough weekend for the Chicago White Sox. The Sox lost two of three against the Houston Astros, along with losing the major league home run leader Jose Abreu to the 15-day DL.
While losing six of their last eight games, the White Sox have been continuously bitten by the injury bug. Although center fielder Adam Eaton returned to the Sox lineup on Sunday, Eaton had not played since May 2 in Cleveland.
The Sox did get off to a good start in the Lone Star State on Friday night with a seven-run explosion over the final four innings to take the opener of the series, 7-2. Jose Quintana picked up his second win of the season, going five innings, giving up two earned runs on seven hits, walked two and struck out five. Adam Dunn slugged his sixth home run of the season in the sixth inning and the White Sox never looked back.
On Saturday, the Sox found themselves in a 4-0 hole before most fans found their seats. Houston lit up starter Hector Noesi for four runs in the first inning and hung on for a 6-5 win. Between Noesi getting pegged for five earned runs and two home runs and the Sox going 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position, the Good Guys struggled all night long.
Before Sunday’s game in Houston, the White Sox announced that Jose Abreu was placed on the 15-day disabled list with ankle tendinitis in his left ankle. The announcement was a big blow for the Sox offensively. In 44 games this season, Abreu leads the majors with 15 home runs and is second in runs batted in with 42.
As for the game, the Sox went 6-for-31 as a team at the plate and committed two early errors defensively. John Danks struggled in his 4 2/3 innings of work, giving up seven earned runs on 10 hits, walked three and struck out seven on 107 pitches.
Robin Ventura was asked about his team’s miscues in the field on Sunday:
Ventura on today's defensive miscues: "It just has to be cleaned up. You keep giving teams opportunities, you’re going to pay for it.”
— Scott Merkin (@scottmerkin) May 18, 2014
White Sox Notes:
- In his return to the lineup on Sunday, outfielder Adam Eaton went 1-for-4 from the lead-off spot.
- On Friday night, Sox ace Chris Sale was superb in his first (and maybe only) rehab start with Triple-A Charlotte. Sale threw 68 pitches in four shutout innings, striking out 11 hitters.
- According to MLB.com’s Scott Merkin, Jose Abreu will be eligible to come off the DL on June 2nd, when the Sox are in Los Angeles for a series with the Dodgers.
Odd Stat of the Day:
With Saturday’s 6-5 loss, the White are now 0-7 on Saturdays this season.