White Sox shut out by Rays


Apr 22, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago White Sox manager

Robin Ventura

(23) looks on during the eighth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

One night following one of their more dramatic wins in recent memory, the Chicago White Sox laid an egg on the scoreboard Saturday night, getting shutout by the Tampa Bay Rays, 4-0.

The loss went to John Danks (2-1) as he pitched 5.2 innings, where he allowed four earned runs on seven hits and four walks. He now has a 3.48 ERA.

Cesar Ramos (1-1) was the winning pitcher, pitching 5.0 innings, allowing no runs on five hits and two walks. He struck out none.

One plus in this loss was the bullpen with Hector Noesi going 1.1 innings (one hit, no walks) and Scott Downs with 2.0 innings pitched and one hit.

The three White Sox pitchers combined for eight strikeouts, compared to two by the three pitchers from the Rays.

Tonight, it was the starting pitching that put the White Sox back, but the offense wasn’t much help either with a combined five hits by three players – Paul Konerko and Gordon Beckham each with two hits and one hit by Dayan Viciedo.

Beckham had a double for the lone extra base hit by the White Sox. James Loney led the Rays at 3-for-4 with one run and one RBI.

Chicago forced three walks.

What really stands out is the White Sox being 0-for-7 with RISP, leaving seven runners stranded, Saturday.

This was just another one of those nights where the White Sox failed to put together a quality game following a big win the previous night.

The series is tied at 1-1, and now it’s time to focus on Sunday’s game.

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