After winning Game One 3-2 of the doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards, Chris Beck made his major league debut for the Sox in the second game. While he lasted six innings, he allowed five runs in the 6-3 loss.
In Game One the White Sox won 3-2, but here is what happened in game two.
Adam Eaton got the scoring started early in this game for the Sox. Very early as a matter of fact. Eaton led off the game with an opposite field home run for the Sox, giving them a 1-0 lead.
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The Sox would fail to score any more runs in the top of the first.
Baltimore would take the lead in the bottom of the inning. On Chris Beck’s first pitch in the major leagues, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado tripled into the right-field corner. Three batters later, Adam Jones drove Machado home with a ground out to third base. With a man on second, Chris Davis hit a ground-rule double to right, putting the Orioles on top 2-1.
That lead would be short-lived for the Sox.
With men on first and second and one out, Steve Clevenger singled to left. That would score Jones on a close play at the plate, making the score 3-3.
J.J. Hardy reached on an infield single, which easily could have ended up down the third base line. That hit would score another run, giving the Orioles a 4-3 lead. Beck would then retire the final two batters of the inning without allowing any more runs.
Bad base running cost the Sox a potential scoring opportunity in the top of the sixth inning. After LaRoche and Beckham walked back-to-back to lead off the inning, Conor Gillaspie flew out to right field.
With LaRoche tagging up and going to third, Beckham attempted to get into second base. Beckham realized that the throw wasn’t going to third too late, and got caught in-between first- and second base. Soto walked, however Shuck then lined out to second base ending the inning.
The bottom of the sixth wasn’t any better for the Sox.
Ryan Flaherty led off the inning with a double for the Orioles, who was advanced to third by David Lough’s bunt. After a Machado ground out, Travis Snider drove Flaherty home with a single giving the Orioles 5-3 lead.
No more runs crossed home plate in the sixth for Baltimore.
Dan Jennings gave up the final run for the Sox today. With one out, Steve Clevenger singled followed by a strikeout from Hardy.
Flaherty’s long single to right advanced Clevenger to third base, putting runners on the corners and two outs. David Lough’s infield single drove in Clevenger from third, as shortstop Gordon Beckham made a poor throw that nearly allowed another run to score. However, Flaherty was thrown out trying to score.
No base runners from either team would reach for the rest of the game, as the Sox would fall in the second game.
While Beck was able to eat innings, he needs to work on his control if he wants to stay in the majors. Some of those issues may have been caused by nerves, considering it was his first start.
This next series will be tough, considering the fact that they play one of baseball’s best teams. It won’t help the Sox that both Samardzija and Sale will miss the Houston Astros series. Winning at least one would be big, but will be difficult as well considering how good their opponent is.