Yet again Dylan Axelrod is proving why Sox general manager Rick Hahn picked him to be the fifth starter for 2013. Axelrod, went toe to toe with another established ace in the MLB; the first time when Axelrod took on and beat Mariners ace, Felix Hernandez. Axelrod pitched six innings, in which he gave up four hits, a walk, and three earned runs. Axelrod’s outing would’ve made you think that he gave up no runs, however he gave up two big flies to the Rays which really hurt him. Axelrod’s strong outing was then ruined by the defense as Nate Jones entered in the seventh inning and gave up three runs, but only one was earned. As if that wasn’t enough to put the nail in the coffin for the Pale Hose, Deunte Heath gave up two more runs in the top of the ninth to shut the door on a Sox victory.
Focusing on the Rays though, there was some controversy in the game. As David Price was walking back to the dugout after DeWayne Wise grounded out to him, umpire Tom Hallion allegedly told him to “Throw the ball over the f****** plate.” This was due to the fact that Price was visibly upset by not getting a strike call on the 1-2 pitch to Wise, which looked to be a strike. Hallion took Price’s reaction personally and called him out on it, which angered the Rays bench, including fellow starter Jeremy Hellickson who proceeded to let Hallion have it, and got ejected. After the game when Price told the media what Hallion said, Hallion called Price a “liar.” Which infuriated the Rays even more. This he said, he said stuff needs to end. Umpires are not meant to be a part of the game other than the arbitrary calls they make. Hallion has no place in yelling at Price and should have just kept quiet and done his job.
The White Sox have an off day on Monday, and then go off to the Ballpark at Arlington to take on the AL West leading Texas Rangers. Hope everyone is enjoying the weather! Go Sox!