Jun 23, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Chicago White Sox designated hitter Jose Abreu (79) his a one-run rbi double in the seventh inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Orioles defeated the White Sox 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

White Sox Suffer a “Crush”ing Walk-off Loss


Personally, as a Chicago White Sox fan/writer, I like Crush Soda. The tangy, orange pop was a delight when I was younger.

“Krush Groovin’” was one of the best songs affiliated with my favorite rap group of all-time: Run-DMC.

However, Chris Davis (better known as “Crush Davis”) isn’t exactly high on my personal lists of  “crush”es.

Davis’ pinch-hit three-run walk-off home run off White Sox closer Ronald Belisario gave the Baltimore Orioles a 6-4 victory over the Sox in the three-game series opener on Monday night at Camden Yards.

In the midst of a mediocre season hitting .219 through 60 games with 78 strikeouts, Davis’ go-homer ended a wild and wacky night in Baltimore.

First off, Chris Sale gave up 11 hits. Yes, Chris Sale gave up 11 hits. Those 11 hits were a season-high for Sale, who went six innings and threw 107 pitches (75 strikes).

Sale wasn’t his usual locked-in, shutdown self, but found a way to escape two bases-loaded jams before his departure.

Monday looked like the night that the White Sox would snap out of their four-game funk and find the win column again. After falling behind 2-0 early thanks to an Adam Jones home run, the White Sox scored four unanswered runs between the third and seventh innings.

Out of the four runs, three of them were driven in by Jose Abreu. In the sixth inning, Abreu drilled his team-leading 22nd home run of the season to tie the game at two.

What was worse than Ronald Belisario‘s fourth blown save of the season? The White Sox with runners in scoring position.

In 11 opportunities, the White Sox went 1-for-11 with RISP. Outside of the pitching and defense (which were concerns before the year), hitting with runners in scoring position has been the biggest issue for the Sox.

The White Sox and Orioles continue their three-game set on Tuesday night in Baltimore. Jose Quintana will get the start for the Sox, while Baltimore sends right-hander Miguel Gonzalez to the mound. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 CT.

 

White Sox Notes:

  • Believe or not, the walk-off given up by Belisario wasn’t as bad as you think…

 

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