Jun 4, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher John Danks (50) in the fourth inning of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

"Johnnywood": John Danks Bounces Back, Sox Win


John Danks didn’t have his best outing of the season, but it was awful close. And this time, the White Sox actually won the game.

Danks was razor-sharp in his 7 1/3 innings pitched in a 2-1 Sox win in the finale of a three-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The bullpen trio of Zach Putnam, Scott Downs and Ronald Belisario combined to no-hit the Dodgers in their inning-and-a-half of work.

Five of the last six start for John Danks have been quality starts, dating back to a May 7th win at home against the Chicago Cubs. That victory over the Cubs was also the last time Danks won a decision.

Danks gave up one earned run on just two hits, walked three and struck out five on 107 pitches to pick up his fourth win of the season.

Although the White Sox only scored two runs, they racked up nine hits. The problem for the Sox was going 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position. Both runs came courtesy of the long ball. Leury Garcia hit his first home of the season in the third inning to give the Sox a 1-0 lead.

Adam Dunn followed Garcia’s lead the next inning with a monster shot that left the yard to give the Sox a 2-0 lead and that was all the Good Guys needed.

With three of six games on the West Coast under their belt, the Sox enjoy an off-day on Thursday and start a three-game set with the Los Angeles Angels on Friday. Andre Rienzo will look to get back on track for the Sox, while the Angels send ace Jered Weaver to the mound. First pitch is scheduled for 9:05 CT.

 

White Sox Notes:

  • White Sox pitching only gave up two hits on Wednesday. Both hits went to Dodger speed demon Dee Gordon.

  • The Sox sit at 31-30 through 61 games. Last year at this time of the season, they were 27-34. Slowly, but surely.
  • With a win and a Tigers loss on Wednesday, the Sox sit just three games back of Detroit in the AL Central race. It’s only early June, but hey, they were about out of contention at this point last year.

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