White Sox lose finale with Astros, 11-7
Jul 20, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham (15) reacts after being tagged out by Houston Astros shortstop Marwin Gonzalez (not pictured) in the 2nd inning at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports
The pitching of the Chicago White Sox wasn’t very great, and that lead to an 11-7 loss against the Houston Astros on Sunday afternoon.
Starting pitcher John Danks didn’t have much to bring to the mound against the Astros, pitching just 4.1 innings, and in the process allowed seven earned runs on 12 hits and no walks. Of those 12 hits, two were home runs with his season ERA jumping to 4.35.
Jul 20, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu (79) and Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (27) in the 6th inning at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports
Danks did finish with four strikeouts.
Daniel Webb, who was charged with the loss, didn’t pitch much in relief as he allowed four earned runs on four hits and one walk in one inning.
The winning pitcher was Tony Sipp, as the Astros moved to 41-58 on the season.
Chicago managed to score seven runs in the loss, with all of their runs coming in the third through sixth innings, including a three-run sixth and two-run fourth. The White Sox scored one run in the third and one in the fifth.
Seven different players scored a run for the White Sox.
Jose Abreu, Adam Eaton and Conor Gillaspie each had two-hit games with Abreu batting in one run.
One plus for the pitching of the White Sox was the MLB debut of Taylor Thompson. On his first day with the White Sox, Thompson went 1.2 innings of relief for Danks, allowing no runs on one hit. Thompson struck out two.
Eric Surkamp also pitched a scoreless inning of relief allowing no hits and walking one with two strikeouts. Javy Guerra was the third White Sox pitcher on the day to throw at least one scoreless inning, allowing no hits or walks. Guerra struck out one.
The Astros finished with 17 hits and three errors. Of their 17 hits, Jose Altuve and Matt Dominguez each hit a two-run home run. Dominguez finished 3-for-5 with two runs and four RBIs.
Marwin Gonzalez, the No. 9 hitter in the Astros’ order, went 3-for-4 with one run and two RBIs.
For Houston, their 1-9 batters all recorded at least one hit, and their 1-4 batters combined to go 9-for-18.
Chicago (47-52) finished with 10 hits in the loss.
Next for the White Sox is a three-game home series with the Kansas City Royals, starting Monday at 7:05 p.m. CT.