White Sox swept by Tigers
Apr 30, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Hector Noesi (48) pitches against the Detroit Tigers during the first inning at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
The past two games weren’t too kind to the Chicago White Sox, losing their second game in less than 24 hours to the Detroit Tigers, with Wednesday’s score being 5-1.
Chicago’s lose moves them to two games under the .500 mark at 13-15 overall, with an off day on Thursday, followed with thee games in Cleveland.
Apr 30, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez (10) hits a single against the Detroit Tigers during the fifth inning at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
One of the positives from this loss was Alexei Ramirez set the White Sox record for hits in March/April with his 27th hit of the season. Ramirez opened the year with a 17-game hitting streak, breaking the record that was held by Frank Thomas. The hits record was formally held by Paul Konerko.
In an whitesox.com article by Scott Merkin, he wrote of another milestone by Ramirez:
"“Ramirez has hit in 27 of his first 29 games this season to join Buck Weaver (1920) as the only player in White Sox history to accomplish such a feat.”"
Other than that … not much went the way of the White Sox against their AL Central foe.
The White Sox had just six hits and three walks, and even worse, was their batting numbers with RISP, going 1-for-10, stranding eight runners.
Dayan Viciedo was the leading White Sox batter at 2-for-4 with one run, as he was batted in by Tyler Flowers in the ninth inning.
Other than that, this game was pretty forgettable for Chicago.
Hector Noesi was the losing pitcher for the White Sox, dropping to 0-2 on the season. In his first White Sox start, Noesi went just 3.2 innings, with four earned runs allowed on five hits and one walk.
This was expected, because he’s proven this year with his 11.12 ERA, and now his third team, that success on the mound as a starter or reliever just isn’t coming thus far this season.
Noesi has struggled in 2014 in his other stops with the Seattle Mariners and the Texas Rangers.
Max Scherzer improved to 3-1 overall with a 2.08 ERA, as the winning pitcher for the Tigers. He pitched six innings, with no earned run on four hits, three walks and seven strikeouts.
That is about what I expected from the reigning Cy Young award winner, and from the White Sox in this game. Now onto Cleveland.
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