Aug 1, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Jake Petricka (52) throws the third strike against Minnesota Twins right fielder Oswaldo Arcia (31) to win the game in the ninth inning at U.S Cellular Field. The Chicago White Sox won 10-8. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sport
One word that Ed Farmer used while announcing the the Chicago White Sox 8-6 extra inning loss against the Cleveland Indians was “frustrating.”
Mr. Farmer was absolutely correct in his assessment of the game the White Sox played for 10 innings.
The small things at the plate and defense were the reasons for this season-high seventh consecutive loss Tuesday night at US Cellular Field.
In his return from the disabled list, Adam Eaton made a costly fielding error in centerfield that resulted in runs for the Indians.
Sure there was some good in this loss with Jose Abreu hitting his 30th double of the season, becoming the first White Sox rookie to ever hit for 30-plus home runs and 30 doubles in their first season.
For the game the White Sox totaled 10 hits and six RBIs, but the problem was the Indians had 14 hits and seven RBIs.
Even a two-run home run by Alexei Ramirez in the fifth inning (his 13th of the season) wasn’t enough to stop the Indians. Ramirez finished the game 2-for-5 with two runs and three RBIs. Avisail Garcia also had two hits in the loss. He also had two RBIs.
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Jose Quintana had a no-decision for the White Sox. He pitched five innings, allowing six earned runs on nine hits and two walks. He struck out three with his ERA moving to 3.48 this season.