Apr 12, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox left fielder Adam Eaton (1) hits a double during the eighth inning against the Cleveland Indians at U.S Cellular Field. Cleveland won 12-6. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Wearing the retro uniforms of the “Win Ugly” Chicago White Sox of 1983, the 2014 White Sox “lost ugly” to the Cleveland Indians by a 12-6 score, Saturday.
OK, to get six runs, the team batted fairly well, but the “Good Guys” were the “Bad Guys” when it came to their pitching in the third game of the series, allowing a total of 12 runs, all being earned.
Think about it 12 … earned … runs. Let that sink in a bit.
Watching this team thus far this season every time they’ve taken a step forward, they taken a step back, leaving them at an even 6-6 overall.
And the thing of it is … I’m having a lot of fun watching this team, just not Saturday’s game.
Apr 12, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper (center) talks with starting pitcher Felipe Paulino (left) and catcher Adrian Nieto (right) during the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Felipe Paulino was off with his pitching in this start, allowing six earned runs on six hits and three walks in five innings pitched.
This was the second consecutive day the White Sox only got five innings out of their starting pitching, equaling a 1-1 record, with nine earned runs from Paulino and Chris Sale in those two games.
Though Paulino increased his season ERA to 7.98, he didn’t suffer the loss. That went to Ronald Belisario, who is now 1-1 on the year as a reliever. He pitched 1.1 innings and gave up two hits and a walk, allowing two earned runs.
So between 6.1 innings with Paulino and Belisario, the White Sox gave up eight earned runs.
Belisario this season has an ERA of 15.19.
Donnie Veal was the “cherry on top” in this pitching sundae that completely melted. Veal went 1.2 innings, allowing four earned runs in three hits and three walks.
C’mon … I know it is just game 11, but when your offense scores you six runs and the pitching — starting or relief — continues to allow earned run after earned run, how long can you left this go on?
Does this team have any options that can replace pitchers with ERA’s higher than 15.00?
Yes, I know I’m overreacting (no need to go to the minors this early … I know that), but like I said earlier … EVERY time this team takes a step forward, they take that same step back.
This is the tale of a young team in the MLB. I guess we all have to be patient.
The positive on Saturday was the offense of Chicago, scoring four runs in the first, one in the second and one last run in the fifth, which at the time tied the score at 6-6. The White Sox had eight total hits.
The Indians answered with two runs in the seventh and a four-run ninth inning.
With all that said, let’s forget about this game and move onto Sunday’s game, where the White Sox will send Jose Quintana (1-0, 2.77 ERA) to the mound to face Corey Kubler (1-1, 7.71 ERA). A win by the White Sox will give them the series win.
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