May 7, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu (79) stretches to make the force out against Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro (13) during the ninth inning at U.S Cellular Field. The Chicago White Sox defeat the Chicago Cubs 8-3. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago White Sox Morning BP (5/9)

Winning three of four against the Chicago Cubs this week, and earning back the Crosstown Cup made for an excellent series against the worst team in Chicago, but now it is time for the Chicago White Sox to focus on the Arizona Diamondbacks over this upcoming weekend.

Though last night’s loss by a 12-5 score to the North Side wasn’t fun at all for the White Sox, they are still at the .500 mark at 18-18 on the season, with a less than scary Diamondbacks team next up on the schedule this weekend.

White Sox are back at .500, 18-18 overall

Looking quickly back at the game from last night, Scott Carroll finally didn’t have his best stuff, and it showed as he allowed six earned runs on 11 hits and two walks in just four innings. He gave up two home runs and watched his ERA jump to 3.63 after three starts.

The bullpen, well Maikel Cleto, gave up five earned runs (one grand slam) in two innings pitched, possibly his worst outing of the season. Jake Petricka allowed one earned run in one inning. Scott Downs was the only pitcher to do his job right, pitching scoreless baseball (no hits as well) for two innings in the fifth and sixth.

It was just one of those nights, and I can’t complain too much because the White Sox won the series, and are sitting at .500. I just would like to see this team get on a hot streak again this weekend.

In other White Sox news:

• The White Sox have a plan for Chris Sale as reported by CSN Chicago.

• The Chicago Sun-Times writes about competition at second base between the White Sox.

• CSN Chicago also wrote about Jose Abreu leaving Thursday’s game early.

• Here is the Chicago Tribune’s video of manager Robin Ventura talking about the 12-5 loss to the Cubs.

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