White Sox give game away at Cleveland


Apr 5, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Chicago White Sox pitcher John Danks (50) throws the ball against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Friday night’s game at Cleveland was a game going in where I believed the White Sox should have been able to gain a victory against the Cleveland Indians without a problem.

Boy, was I wrong. The White Sox lost 12-5.

Even after the White Sox gave up five runs in the first inning to the host Indians at Progressive Field, the “Good Guys” managed to came back to score three of their own in the top of the second.

White lost 12-5 in Cleveland

That honestly was about as close as they got, and I hope it doesn’t become a pattern for this ball club with the Indians scoring one run in both the second and third innings, another run in the fifth, and to top it all off a four-run sixth from the home team.

In a combined two innings, the White Sox pitching allowed nine runs.


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Starter John Danks allowed eight earned runs in 5.0 pitched, as they came on 10 hits and three walks. Talk about the pattern of one step forward, two steps back with this team this season … that’s a picture-perfect outing for that saying.

The two earned runs were by Scott Downs in relief. Maikel Cleto and Matt Lindstrom both pitched well, but the game was basically out of their hands without any pressure.

The offense of the White Sox hit the ball but couldn’t score many runs. Jose Abreu hit a solo home run in the fifth, his 11th of the season, and Alexei Ramirez was 2-for-4 with a run scored.

Chicago had three total RBIs.

Again, they left the bases loaded when it could have really helped put a dent in the Indians’ lead, finishing 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position. They left eight runners in total stranded.

Maybe Saturday will be a little better.

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