The White Sox got off to a good start on Tuesday night at the Ballpark in Arlington against one of the game’s best pitchers, Yu Darvish, but the Ranger stormed back to a 10-6 victory, marking the White Sox’s third consecutive loss.
On the bright side, DeWayne Wise had a career night, going 4-4, falling the ever-so-popular triple shy of the cycle. Adam Dunn also continued his non-pathetic streak with a solo home run in the 7th inning.
After White Sox starter Jose Quintana gave up a two-run lead in the fourth inning by allowing back-to-back home runs to Nelson Cruz and Jeff Baker, he gave up the lead the very next inning when Texas scored twice on four hits.
The Sox came right back when Wise hit his home run to tie the game in the sixth inning, but the White Sox bullpen imploded in the bottom half, when Matt Lindstrom, Donnie Veal and Nate Jones gave up a combined six runs on four hits to put this game out of reach. Jones saw his ERA skyrocket to 6.17.
The Sox’s porous defense continued Tuesday night, committing two more errors, this time with Tyler Greene and Alejandro de Aza as the culprits. De Aza’s error allowed Ian Kinsler, who went on to score, to get to third base in the fifth inning.
The Sox seem to be a completely lethargic team, who, after battling back to get within two games of break even, has lost three in a row to better teams. The pitching staff is in flux right now with both Gavin Floyd and John Danks on the disabled list and the bullpen has let the Sox down on this most recent losing streak.
The offense, particularly Adam Dunn, has experienced a semi-renaissance, but it hasn’t been enough to keep up with the putrid pitching.
Up Next: The White Sox continue its series in Texas tomorrow night at 7:05, with Chris Sale opposing Nick Tepesch. The game can be seen on WCIU.