White Sox: Chris Sale Out Dueled By Felix Hernandez
By Matt Manetti
White Sox ace Chris Sale struck out 14 and allowed three runs on five hits in a loss to Seattle
Chris Sale threw his fifth complete game but was out pitched by Felix Hernandez in a 3-1 loss on Friday. Despite 14 strikeouts from Sale, the White Sox mustered only one run and dropped game two of the four-game series.
Sale struck out 10 of his last 16 batters and also didn’t allow a walk. He is now 15-7 with a 3.14 ERA this season. Hernandez improved to 9-4 with a 3.14 ERA.
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Franklin Gutierrez hit a solo home run, his 12th of the season, in the second to give Seattle 1-0 lead. Also, Adam Lind added RBI double in the fourth to extend the lead to 3-0. That was all the offense the Mariners needed.
On the other hand, the White Sox scored on a Todd Frazier solo home run in the seventh. Frazier has 32 home runs and 81 RBIs this season. Edwin Diaz got Tim Anderson to ground into a fielder’s choice then Jose Abreu to fly out after the Sox loaded the bases in the eighth. Diaz retired the last five batters to record his 11th save.
The South Siders are now 61-66 and 12 games back in the AL Central. The Mariners improved to 68-60 and trail Baltimore by two games for the second wild card spot and Texas by 6.5 in the AL West.
Jose Quintana will look to get the team back on track as he takes the hill against Ariel Miranda. Quintana is 10-9 with a 2.84 ERA and has allowed four runs in his previous two starts. Miranda, also a lefty, is 1-0 with a 5.49 ERA in three starts.