May 24, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher John Danks (50) delivers a pitch during the eighth inning against the New York Yankees at U.S Cellular Field. New York won 4-3 in ten innings. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

White Sox Weekend Recap: 5/24-25


The Chicago White Sox appeared to be on their way to their second straight series win with two straight victories over the New York Yankees.

Chris Sale was dominant in his return to Sox rotation with a 10-strikeout gem in six innings on Thursday. Adam Dunn crushed a two-run walk-off shot deep into the Chicago night on Friday to give the Sox a 6-5 win.

Then, the wheels fell off for the White Sox throughout the final two games of the four-game series.

On Saturday, John Danks pitched his best outing of the season. In eight innings, Danks gave up three hits, he did not give up an earned run and struck out four on 104 pitches. When Danks departed before the ninth inning began, the Sox led 3-0.

The Sox lost, 4-3.

Behind three runs on four hits given up by new Sox closer Ronald Belisario, the Yanks tied the game. New York center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury broke the tie in the 10th inning with a solo home run off Sox reliever Zach Putnam.

Sunday only made matters worse for the White Sox. Not only were they just about 24 hours from blowing a great chance to make a solid impression in front of over 30,000 people at U.S. Cellular Field, they were set to face baseball’s must-see arm: Masahiro Tanaka.

Tanaka before Sunday’s outing was putting up video-game like numbers. In 64 innings, Tanaka had a 6-1 record with a 2.39 ERA, 79 strikeouts and a 0.98 WHIP. His first game against the Sox didn’t change things.

In 6 2/3 innings, Tanaka gave up one earned run on five hits, walked two and struck out six on 118 pitches.

In the midst of Tanaka’s solid outing, New York shortstop Derek  Jeter enjoyed his final visit to Chicago’s South Side. Jeter went 4-for-5 with a pair of runs batted in the 7-1 win for the Yanks.

(Our own David Ridderhoff wrote a feature on Jeter’s final day in the Windy City that can be seen here.)

The Sox try to regroup on Monday afternoon with a series-opening game against AL Central rival, the Cleveland Indians. Jose Quintana will get the start for the Good Guys. Right-hander Josh Tomlin will get the ball for the Tribe. First pitch at The Cell is scheduled for 1:10 CT.

 

White Sox Notes:

  • Along with being ejected in the second inning on Saturday, Sox manager Robin Ventura lost his first two games against the Yankees at home as White Sox manager on Saturday and Sunday. Ventura was tossed for arguing a call in which Sox catcher Adrian Nieto appeared to be run out of the baseline.
  • A big problem for the White Sox in the final two games against the Yanks: hitting with runners in scoring position. On Saturday and Sunday, the Sox went 2-for-16 (.125) with RISP.
  • Good news for the Sox on the injury front: Cuban powerhouse Jose Abreu was seen walking around the White Sox clubhouse WITHOUT a walking boot on his injured ankle. CSN Chicago’s Dan Hayes had more on Abreu’s status:

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