White Sox, Diamondbacks split 1st 2 games of weekend series


May 10, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks left fielder Cody Ross (7) slides under the tag of Chicago White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko (14) during the fifth inning at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

After two games of their three-game weekend series, the Chicago White Sox and the Arizona Diamondbacks are tied at one win each, as Sunday will decide the winner of this interleague matchup.

Saturday night saw the White Sox wait just a little too long before they began a rally, falling 4-3 to the now 14-win Diamondbacks, as they are now 14-25 on the season.

The White Sox fall back to .500 at 19-19 overall. In the loss, Chicago had seven hits, while the visitors totaled 12 hits.

On Friday the White Sox defeated the Diamondbacks, 9-3 as they compiled 15 hits in the win.

May 10, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jose Quintana (62) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

This has been an interesting series, but in all honestly (between us friends) I thought the White Sox would be able to sweep this series against the Diamondbacks, but this team just isn’t ready to take that next step of sweeping a series this season.

Looking back at Friday’s game, what I liked the most was the game by Alejandro De Aza from the lead off spot in the lineup going 3-for-5 with one run and one RBI. It is always a good thing to see De Aza have a good day at the plate, because he’s one of the key bats the White Sox really need to produce with Adam Eaton on the disabled list.

In Saturday’s loss, what stands out isn’t that De Aza went 0-for-3 batting ninth in the batting order, but not one player on the team had a multi-hit game, and the best player on the team in Jose Abreu went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts as DH.

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I know Abreu isn’t going gain a hit every night, but the lack of contact with the three strikeouts just catches my attention, that’s all.

As always, I want to brag on Paul Konerko gaining two RBIs Saturday night, because anytime he does something positive this season we all should just enjoy it a little more, because it won’t happen again after this season.

The other RBI came off the bat of Alexei Ramirez, who also had one hit.

Again, Jose Quintana had a solid outing, as he allowed just three earned runs in six innings. His night included giving up seven hits and one walk. Quintana did strikeouts five though.

The White Sox only left three runners stranded, but hit just 25-percent with RISP as they went 1-for-4.

Former White Sox closer Addison Reed gained the save, Saturday.

Sunday’s pitching matchup will be Hector Noesi (0-1, 4.50 ERA) vs. Chase Anderson, who hasn’t pitched in the majors this season, as it will be his MLB debut.

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