Chicago White Sox: Errors, HR’s lead to another road loss


There isn’t much positive anyone can write about the 13-2 loss on Monday night by the Chicago White Sox at Target Field.

The “Good Guys” at playing bad defense committed four errors, allowing John Danks extra opportunities to throw batting practice to the Minnesota Twins, leading to yet another road loss.

The defense is committing errors you see in youth league. Maybe the White Sox, when they return home, should visit the XFINITY Fundamentals area at U.S. Cellular Field and get some pointers, because committing three errors in one game isn’t the way to go.

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In 5.1 innings Danks allowed nine runs (five earned) on nine hits and two strikeouts. Of the nine hits allowed, three were home runs by Minnesota.

Once it was all said and done for the $15.75 million per year pitcher of the White Sox, his ERA jumped to 5.38, and his overall record went to 3-8 for the season.

At the plate it was the story of where the White Sox (30-39) gained hits, 11 to be exact, but only crossed home plate on two occasions. Those occasions came in the top of the third when Adam LaRoche batted in Jose Abreu and Avisail Garcia for a then 2-1 White Sox lead.

Jun 22, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Chicago White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia (26) hits a single in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Leading the White Sox at the plate were Garcia (2-for-3), Abreu (2-for-5), LaRoche (2-for-4, 2 RBIs) and Alexei Ramirez (2-for-3, one walk). Gordon Beckham, Geovany Soto and Carlos Sanchez each had a base hit.

The Twins scored five runs in the fourth, five more in the sixth and two in the eighth. Their first run came in the top of the first inning.

Byron Buxton of the Twins was 3-for-5 with three runs, and Kennys Vargas was 4-for-4 with two runs and four RBIs. In all the Twins totaled 13 hits.

The winning pitcher was Tommy Milone who in six innings kept the White Sox in check. He allowed two earned runs on 10 hits and two walks (two strikeouts) as he moved to 4-1 on the year. His ERA for the season is now 3.59.

This loss snaps what was a two-game win streak, but it also makes the White Sox 2-9 in their past 11 games, with that record including an eight-game losing streak.

The game was the first of nine straight on the road for the White Sox, a team that is 12-24 on the road, as they’ve been outscored, 198-126 this season away from The Cell.

In this loss, the White Sox had just two extra base hits, compared to seven by the Twins (four home runs), with Chicago going 2-for-7 with RISP. The Twins were 6-for-13 (w/RISP).

Until the White Sox decide to change direction and try something new, all of us (the White Sox included) will just have to be witness to a team that will win a lose many games in a row, sprinkle in a couple wins, and go back to more losses. It has been that way for at least the past three seasons.

This season could have been saved if changes were made earlier, but it seems like the ship is sinking, and the front office is content to seeing the ship go down as they watch from a distance.

Maybe there is still a chance to save this team, but a change needs to come soon, and it has to be a change that has more impact than sending Hector Noesi to the minors.

Hopefully Tuesday will be a better day for the White Sox with Jeff Samardzija (4-4, 4.67 ERA) against Minnesota’s Mike Pelfrey (5-3, 2.97 ERA).

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