So the White Sox were slept into oblivion in a three game set with the division rival Cleveland Indians. Believe me folks it wasn’t pretty. Quite frankly, I don’t even think the Indians’ series is worth the characters I’m about to type to tell you about it but here it goes.
The series started with a double header in Chicago. The first game saw former top Arizona prospect Trevor Bauer face our overly twitter active Hector Santiago. Santiago gave up seven hits and five earned over two innings, while Bauer couldn’t even make it out of the first inning for the Tribe. This would start a long day for the bullpens as Cleveland had a combined six relievers finish off the game that would end up being a shelling off thirteen hits and ten runs for the Sox. BUT, not to be outdone, the Sox used three relievers and an outfielder, Casper Wells, to finish off the first part of the double header which saw the Tribe score NINETEEN runs off twenty-one hits. The ironic part? Outfielder, Wells, was the only Sox ‘pitcher’ that didn’t give up a hit or a run. Though both pitching staffs probably wanted to go home and drown their sorrows in the bottom of a bottle of bourbon there was more.
The second part of the double header had both teams jumping on the starters again as Jose Quintana gave up five runs on five hits over six innings and Indians’ starter Carlos Carrasco gave up six runs on ten hits in five and two thirds innings. Thankfully both managers let their struggling starters get to the around the sixth this time before throwing in the relief staff. The White Sox were able to pile on two more runs on Indians’ reliever, Langwell, to give them a three run cushion for one of the best closers in the American League, Addison Reed.
Unfortunately, today was not the Sox day and the Indians bombed Reed for four runs and brought in former/current? pot head or spouse of pot head Chris Perez to slam the door on this marathon of a double header that featured potentially the worst pitching but best hitting the Sox had seen all year.
The series finale would have Dylan Axelrod face off against former “trade the whole team for this Rockies’ ace”, Ubaldo Jiminez. Both starters did remarkably better than Quintana and Santiago. Although Jiminez only went five and Axelrod went six, both pitchers only gave up three runs and kept their teams in the game. The bullpens were called on and only one was perfect. Can you guess?
Well if you said Chicago you are wrong. Cleveland’s bullpen locked down the Pale Hose offense and potential all-star Jesse Crain gave up a run in the 8th to give the Tribe their go-ahead run and the series. Depressing.
Next in line to pummel the Sox into oblivion and possibly send Hawk into an alcoholic coma are the Baltimore Orioles. The O’s are riding second place in the AL East at the moment and look to be heading for a deep October run. They will probably push the Sox closer to the number one pick in 2014, however, one can hope they do it in less depressing fashion than a 19-10 blowout.
Tuesday July 2nd
Jason Hammel 7-4, 5.09 ERA v. John Danks 1-5, 4.68 ERA
Wednesday July 3rd
Scott Feldman 7-6, 3.46 ERA (w/ Cubs) v. Hector Santiago 3-5, 3.59 ERA
Thursday July 4th
Zach Britton 2-2, 4.50 ERA v. Jose 3-2, 3.97 ERA