I wanted good starting pitching and I got it. I wanted solid defense and so far, I’ve gotten it. As for offense, it was sparse and unfortunately, when opportunities arose to score, nothing happened. The White Sox dropped the opener to the Cleveland Indians by a final of 1-0.
The game turned out to be a pitching duel. After how Jose Quintana had pitched in his previous efforts, I was not expecting to see such a strong outing from him. Things got off to a great start for him when he struck out the side in the bottom of the first inning. Unfortunately, as good as he was, Justin Masterson was matching him. Masterson ended up pitching a complete game shutout tonight. He scattered five hits over the course of nine innings as well as striking out seven Sox batters. He also issued just one walk.
Back to Jose. He had an amazing night. Seven strong innings that included seven strikeouts and no walks. He also gave up just one hit. Too bad the offense wasn’t there to support his strong effort. The offense tonight while getting the five hits didn’t get any that were “useful” in scoring any runs. The Sox had a few chances with some guys hitting doubles. But they also had some guys get hits and then promptly do something stupid to run themselves out of the inning. This is always unfortunate when no one is getting hits for either team.
The bonehead plays began in the first inning when Alex Rios hit a single and tried to stretch it into a double. Alexei Ramirez was thrown out at second on an attempted hit and run in which Hector Gimenez didn’t make contact because the pitch was high and wide. Ramirez also had a horrendous bunt attempt that did nothing to advance Conor Gillaspie who had hit a double just before that.
Tonight’s tough luck loser was Jesse Crain who came in the game to pitch the ninth inning. He surrendered a double to Michael Bourn. Bourn eventually made it home thanks to a Nick Swisher single down the right field line. le sigh! Tomorrow, these two teams will go at it again with Chris Sale and Zach McAllister dueling. Hopefully the offense shows up to go with what I hope will be another stellar pitching performance by Chris Sale.