White Sox hammered at home by the Red Sox in blowout loss as lack of quality starting pitching is starting to catch up to the team.
The Chicago White Sox have a problem with their starting rotation and it showed in their 15-2 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night. After losing a 6-1 contest to the Red Sox on Friday, the White Sox couldn’t prevent another loss to Boston.
Manny Banuelos started for the White Sox but lasted just 2.2 innings as he was shelled in the third inning by the Red Sox. In that inning, the Red Sox scored nine runs and chased Banuelos out of the game. The Red Sox would score another five runs in the fourth inning to increase their already huge lead over the Sox.
With the loss, the Sox saw their record drop to 14-17 and 5-3 on their current homestand. Sadly, the storyline of the game was the lack of pitching for the Sox. Banuelos allowed nine runs in 2.2 innings pitched while Carson Fulmer who replaced him in the third inning didn’t fare any better. Fulmer allowed three earned runs while pitching just 1/3 of an inning.
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The Sox pitching woes have become a major concern for the team. With the loss of Carlos Rodon to an injury that might require Tommy John surgery, the Sox starting pitching problems have become bigger this early in the 2019 season.
Despite the Sox offense ability to mount comebacks on their current homestand, there hasn’t been more than one quality start from a starting pitcher other than Reynaldo Lopez.
Even Lopez couldn’t follow that up with another solid outing as he allowed six earned runs on Friday night in just five innings pitched. The Sox offense won’t be able to bail out the pitching staff each game as shown on Saturday night in the team’s blowout loss to the Red Sox.
While the Red Sox recorded 20 hits in their win over the White Sox, the Sox offense managed just seven hits. Jose Abreu and Leury Garcia were the only Sox players that recorded multiple hits. Abreu was the only offense for the Sox as he had an RBI single in the first inning and later hit a solo home run in the eighth inning.
The Sox will conclude their homestand and series with the Red Sox on Sunday. Dylan Covey will make his first start of the season for the Sox. With Rodon’s injury, Covey has taken his spot in the starting rotation. Hopefully, the Sox can manage a split of their four-game series with the Red Sox. Covey’s best start of his career came against Boston last season and it would be a much-needed boost for the team if he can come through again with another quality outing against the Red Sox.