Apr 7, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Chicago White Sox catcherTyler Flowers
(21) watches as starting pitcherFelipe Paulino
(55) is relieved by managerRobin Ventura
(23) in the fifth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Monday’s 8-1 loss by the Chicago White Sox to the Colorado Rockies was the first time the team was noticeably outplayed by their opponent.
The White Sox dropped to 3-4 on the season, as they were out-hit 13-5, while committing one error. Colorado improves to 4-4.
Monday the White Sox took a step back into the 2013 season, but the great thing about baseball is they get a chance to redeem themselves on Tuesday.
But this loss was frustrating.
At one point in the game, Rockies pitcher Jordan Lyles was out-hitting the White Sox, 3-1 himself. The Rockies’ pitcher finished 3-for-3 with two RBIs.
Apr 7, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies starting pitcherJordan Lyles
(24) hits a single in the fifth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Also 3-for-3 was Rockies’ shortstop Troy Tulowitzki with one walk and one RBI off a solo home run. Another one of his hits was a double.
Not only was Lyles perfect at the plate, but he was pretty good (OK, better than pretty good) from the mound as well, earning his second win of the season.
Lyles (2-0) pitched 6.2 innings. He gave up one earned run on five hits and two walks; while striking out four, lowering his season ERA to 3.86.
Felipe Paulino (0-1) went 4.1 innings, allowing six earned runs on nine hits and four walks. He struck out two and gave up a home run.
I know it is just his second start of the season, but the White Sox need much better production than that if they want to compete this season when Chris Sale isn’t on the mound.
More thoughts and facts on the game:
• The Play of the Game for Chicago was the catch by Adam Eaton. If you watched the game you know which one I’m talking about.
• This stat has to stop soon: With RISP the White Sox were 1-for-5.
• Again the bullpen gave up runs … tonight the number was two off Daniel Webb and Jake Petricka. Go figure … the bullpen in seven games this year have allowed 13 earned runs. Not good. Not good at all.
• The last time the White Sox played a three-game series against the Rockies they lost the first game of the series in 2011. They followed that with two straight wins, so maybe the “Good Guys” can repeat history.
• To sum up Monday’s loss … it was just frustrating.
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