Aug 10, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura (23) pulls Chicago White Sox starting pitcher John Danks (50) from the game during the seventh inning against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports
A three-run inning by the Seattle Mariners in the second was the beginning of the end for another loss for the Chicago White Sox on Sunday, by a 4-2 score, though they did make the Mariners sweat a little in the ninth inning.
The first run by the White Sox in the eighth inning was a home run by Tyler Flowers.
This was another ho-hum performance by the White Sox where they got the hits (nine total), but not the runs, as they were 1-for-5 with RISP.
One problem I had with this game was the White Sox were down to their final out in the ninth, with the game-tying run at the plate. With Paul Konerko on the bench, manager Robin Ventura stayed with Jordan Danks, who was just brought up from Charlotte for the second time this season on Saturday.
Instead of using any pinch hitter, and I know Danks was 2-for-2 at the time, Ventura left a career minor league batter in to face an All-Star closer in Fernando Rodney. The result was as predicted … he struck out to end the game.
I usually try not to be negative against Ventura because he doesn’t have a lot to work with, but this decision to keep Danks in was completely wrong from my perspective.
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The loss went to Jordan Danks’ older brother, John Danks, who fell to 9-8 on the season, with his season ERA moving up to 4.96. John Danks allowed four earned runs on eight hits and two walks in 6.1 innings in the start. Danks had just one strikeout.
The win went to Dominic Leone (5-2). Leone pitched two innings of relief, allowing one earned run off one hit and no walks. He had three strikeouts.
The White Sox have an off day on Monday before two games in San Francisco.