Apr 22, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago White Sox managerRobin Ventura
(23) talks to starting pitcher Charlie Leesman (61) during the third inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports
I can’t say I’m all that surprised with the Chicago White Sox losing to the Detroit Tigers by a 8-6 score Tuesday night at Comerica Park.
Are you that surprised?
Honestly, the game was worse than the actual score with the White Sox putting up three runs in the top of the ninth with Paul Konerko batting in Marcus Semien, followed by a two-run home run from Adam Dunn, all with two outs.
At least we can all agree this team didn’t quit, as they did get the tying run to the plate in the ninth with Alexei Ramirez flying out to end the game with a runner on the bases.
This was supposed to be Chris Sale‘s start against Justin Verlander (3-1, 2.18 ERA), but with Sale now on the 15-day disabled list and the White Sox starting Charlie Leesman for the first time this season, it was tough to expect to anything positive headed into the game.
Verlander pitched 7.0 innings, allowing two earned runs on eight hits and two walks. Verlander struck out seven batters.
Nothing against Leesman, he’s still learning how to be a starting pitcher in the majors, plus he was thrown into the fire (on the road) against a veteran lineup of Detroit batters.
The loss drops the White Sox to 10-11 on the season.
Leesman pitched 2.2 innings, allowing six earned runs on nine hits and one walk. Also pitching for the White Sox were Zach Putnam, Scott Downs, Daniel Webb and Maikel Cleto, who combined for two earned runs and six hits, which for this bullpen isn’t bad at all.
In all, White Sox pitching gave up 15 hits in the loss.
At the plate for the White Sox, it was Dayan Viciedo going 4-for-4 with one walk. That is the type of play we need to see from the right fielder more often, though he is having a solid season, batting .361 on the year.
Another standout moment for the White Sox in the loss was the solo home run in the first inning from Jose Abreu, finishing the night 2-for-3 with two runs and the one RBI.
It was also good to see Konerko go 1-for-2 with one run and the aforementioned RBI.
Even though it was a loss, and the starting pitching just wasn’t there, there isn’t much to be that upset about in this loss. This game could have been a lot different if Sale was on the mound tonight, but those are the breaks of the game sometimes, and maybe tomorrow we’ll see something a little better from another pitcher making his first start of the season for the “Good Guys” in Andre Rienzo.
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