White Sox bullpen, defensive mistakes lead to loss to Twins


Jun 20, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Hector Noesi (48) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

It seems like this is the same old story every loss for the 2014 version of the Chicago White Sox. Poor pitching from the bullpen, mixed with defensive mishaps, leads to the losses.

That happened again Friday night with the defense of Conor Gillaspie, mixed with a poor effort from the bullpen that saw a ninth-inning rally wasted for a 5-4 loss to the Minnesota Twins.

This was the second consecutive loss by the White Sox to the Twins, and there are still two more games left in this four-game series.

I can handle losing – that is going to happen in baseball – but seeing a two-run ninth inning wasted by a bullpen that only pitched less than two innings is just tough to watch.

This just isn’t a one- or two-time occurrence, but it has been happening most of this season. The loss went to Daniel Webb, who he couldn’t find any control in the ninth, as he pitched 1.1 innings of relief. In that span, he allowed one earned run on no hits and two walks.

He didn’t give up the game-ending hit, but he was responsible for the run. The pitcher who allowed the hit was Ronald Bellisario, as he didn’t even record an out.

Hector Noesi started for the White Sox, and he wasn’t that great, either. He allowed four earned runs on six hits and two walks in seven innings.

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Looking at Minnesota … they scored their runs with three in the second, one in the third and the final run in the ninth off the bat of Brian Dozier, scoring Eduardo Escobar in a play at the plate that was reviewed by the White Sox.

Remember, at one point, the White Sox led 2-0 after the first inning with solo homers by Gordon Beckham and Jose Abreu, who now has 21 on the season.

The two runs in the ninth came from a single by Paul Konerko to score Dayan Viciedo and an Adam Eaton double to score Moises Sierra, who was pinch-running for Konerko.

Gaining the win was Glen Perkins, who also had a blown save for the Twins.

Chicago finished the game with 10 hits and four walks, while Minnesota has seven hits and four walks.

Sometimes this White Sox team just confuses me, as they can beat the best team in the NL two straight games, but come back and play like they have for the past two nights. Sometimes I just don’t understand.

Tomorrow is a new day for this team, and maybe all of their “bad baseball” is out of the way.