This is one of those series that showed just how many flaws the pitching of the Chicago White Sox really has.
Not only did John Danks join their club, he surpassed them by allowing six earned runs on Sunday, in five innings on the mound, in a 6-5 loss to the Minnesota Twins. For the game, Danks allowed those six earned runs on 10 hits and four walks, with one strikeout.
This was a surprising occurrence, especially with the way Danks has pitched recently. In his previous five starts, Danks had allowed a total of six earned runs in what equaled 35.2 innings since May 24.
Maybe this is just one of “those games” by Danks (6-6, 4.34 ERA) where he obviously didn’t have his good stuff. This was his worst start since May 18 against the Houston Astros where he allowed seven earned runs. Against the Cleveland Indians on May 8 he allowed eight earned runs.
I guess it is safe to say when Danks is off with his pitching, he is really off.
Phil Hughes was the winning pitcher for the Twins, though he allowed five earned runs in five innings off eight hits and one walk.
Chicago, at one point, held a 5-3 lead against the Twins with a five-run third. The Twins responded by gaining the sweep of the White Sox with a three-run fourth.
Minnesota previously scored one run in the first and two runs in the second innings.
It’s not like the White Sox didn’t hit the ball, because they did have eight hits and one walk (Minnesota had 11 hits). Jose Abreu gained his 57th RBI of the season with a 2-for-4 day at the plate with two RBIs, and one run.
It all came back to the starting pitching in this game, and bad outing by Danks was just too much for this ball club to overcome.
Next for the White Sox is a three-game series in Baltimore against the Orioles.