Aug 24, 2014; Bronx, NY, USA; Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Jake Petricka (52) pitches during the tenth inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. New York Yankees won 7-4 in ten innings. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Jacob Petricka Gives Up 10th-Inning HR, Sox Lose 7th Straight

Jacob Petricka has a 2.86 ERA in 63 innings pitched (55 appearances) for the White Sox during the 2014 season.

But, stop when when you have heard this one: The Chicago White Sox bullpen contributed to a … actually, you know what, I’m going to stop you right here because you know how this is going to end.

In an extra-inning affair against the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night, Jacob Petricka faced two Cleveland hitters.

The result?

A lead-off, pinch-hit double for Lonnie Chisenhall and the go-ahead two-run home run from Zach Walters.

The home run from Walters was the second-straight game that Jacob Petricka had given up a 10th-inning home run.

After the two-run 10th inning from the Tribe, the White Sox went down in order and lost their seventh-straight game, 8-6. The loss put the Sox at a season-low 13 games below the .500 mark (59-72) and the loss was their 14th in the last 18 games.

“I think it’s location. He has everything velocity wise and the stuff, he’s been a bit erratic. When he was going well, he was pounding the zone, getting ahead early, being able to use his off-speed stuff. When you’re not around the zone, you got to lay it in there. When guys at this level have a hitters’ count and you throw a fastball, it doesn’t matter how hard he throws.”

-Robin Ventura on Jacob Petricka’s struggles, CSNChicago.com

The night got off to a blistering start when starter Jose Quintana gave up four runs in the first two innings. Quintana struggled in his five innings of work on Tuesday. In five innings, Quintana gave up six earned runs on nine hits, walked two and struck out three on 102 pitches (66 strikes).

After a three-run first inning, the Good Guys did battle and scored five of the next six runs, including a two-run home run from Alexei Ramirez in the fifth inning.

The White Sox-Indians series continues on Wednesday night in Chicago. Hector Noesi (7-9, 4.86 ERA) will get the start for the Sox, while the Tribe sends ace Corey Kluber to the mound. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 CT.

 

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And this is the one stat that made me believe that miracles do exist:

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