Apr 21, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcherJohn Danks
(50) pitches in the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
For the second consecutive game, the Chicago White Sox left the diamond with a victory, this time winning the first game of a four-game series against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park, by a 3-1 score.
On Sunday, the White Sox defeated the Texas Rangers, 16-2.
The star of the game for the White Sox has to be pitcher John Danks, moving to 2-0 on the season with an ERA of 2.84. Danks, in 6.1 innings, allowed just one earned run on six hits and three walks. He struck out one batter and threw 101 pitches, 64 for strikes.
With the recent news of ace Chris Sale being placed on the disabled list on Tuesday, the White Sox are really going to need Danks, Jose Quintana and Erik Johnson to lead this rotation for the next couple weeks.
Apr 21, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago White Sox catcherTyler Flowers
(21) and relief pitcherMatt Lindstrom
(27) high five after the game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Chicago won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
The bullpen showed up for the second consecutive day as well, with Ronald Belisario earning a hold in his 1.2 innings pitched. Belisario allowed no runs on two hits and had one strikeout.
Since having a rough start early on this season, Belisario has begun to pick up his game some, lowering his ERA to 8.74 on the season, and hopefully he keeps doing that.
Matt Lindstrom earned his second save, as he too has had a rocky start to the 2014 season. Lindstrom allowed one hit and walked a batter in his save against the Tigers.
White Sox pitching held Miguel Cabrera to an 0-for-4 night, as he left two runners on the bases, so that is always nice to see from this pitching staff.
This was another solid win by the White Sox, as they moved their overall record back to the .500 mark at 10-10 on the season. It was good to see this team keep the opponents score low for a change, as they’ve allowed just three runs in the past two games.
I’d rather see the White Sox win the tough, close games, rather than have high scoring games.
The White Sox are soon to be tested without the services of Sale for the next couple weeks and still playing without Adam Eaton, who missed his second consecutive game.
Those two are a huge part of the White Sox “excitement factor,” and they are two players this team must have healthy to compete in the AL Central this season.
It will be a while before both of these players will be on the field together at the same time, but once this team can get healthier, and hopefully avoid any more injuries (Gordon Beckham has yet to play for the White Sox in ’14), they could be a tough team to play when they have all the pieces of the puzzle back.
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