White Sox held to 4 hits; lose series to Diamondbacks
May 9, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu (79) hits a single RBI against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fourth inning at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
There was no offense on the South Side for the Chicago White Sox on Sunday. The team was held to four hits in a 5-1 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The White Sox lost two of three in this series, including a loss on Saturday night.
Of the four hits by the “Good Guys,” two came off the bat of Gordon Beckham, as he went 2-for-4. Jose Abreu gained another hit this season, and the other hit was from Moises Sierra.
That was all the offense for the White Sox, as their lone run came in the sixth inning, as it was scored by Sierra off a home run.
Moises Sierra hits a home run
For what looked like could be a great series for Chicago on Friday night, turned out to be a disaster for the remainder of the weekend. The series loss drops the White Sox to 19-20 overall. They trail the Detroit Tigers by five games in the AL Central, as they are 21-12 on the season.
This 2014 team just makes me shake my head, because there is no solid reason the White Sox should have lost this series to the Diamondbacks, especially Sunday when they were facing a pitcher making his debut.
When a team has players like the White Sox who can hit the baseball (look at what they did on Friday) there isn’t much of an excuse that can be given to be held to four total hits against a team like the Diamondbacks, who are all of a sudden playing winning baseball.
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Arizona scored their runs with one in the first, two in the fifth and for good measure added two final runs in the top of the ninth inning.
The win moves the Diamondbacks to 15-25 on the season.
Arizona’s Chase Anderson was the winning pitcher, going 5.1 innings in his first start. He allowed one earned run on two hits and one walk. He also struck out six batters.
Hector Noesi pitched six innings in the loss, dropping to 0-3 on the year. He allowed three earned runs on eight hits and three walks. Noesi struck out four.
This team, like I wrote earner, just continues to make me shake my head in anger at times. Why can’t they get the series wins against teams that they should?
Yes, I know the White Sox have a lot of injures, and were the third-worst team in baseball last season, but there is nothing I can fathom that allows me to say, “OK, the White Sox shouldn’t have won that series against the Diamondbacks.”
Now they have to travel to the West Coast and face the Oakland Athletics. For a team I believe that should be at least three-games over the .500 mark right now, I don’t know what to think as this series in Oakland is about to begin on Monday night.
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