Yes, the White Sox got some hits today. And they even scored a couple of runs. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to beat the Twins today as they lost by a final score 3-2. With today’s loss, the Sox are firmly planted in the AL Central basement.
The Twins got the scoring going early with a lead-off walk to Denard Span. He was then sacrificed to second base and finally scored on a Jason Kubel RBI single. YayÂ . In the bottom of the first inning, Juan Pierre ended the hitless streak against the Twins with a single, but he was then promptly picked off base. Yay.Â The top of the second inning saw more adventures in Juan-land when Danny Valencia hit what should have been a double. However, the ball got stuck under the padding and instead of raising his hands to alert the umps that the ball was dead, Juan tried to dig the ball out. This allowed Valencia to get to third base and Juan was charged with an error. YAYÂ
At least the Sox did get on the board in the third with an Alex Rios solo home run. Nice to see him finally making contact and the ball landing somewhere other than in an opposing team’s gloves. The Twins would go on to score another run in the top fo the sixth inning and the Sox would get it back on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth inning, making the score 3-2. Unfortunately, nothing happened in the ninth inning to send it to extras or win the game out right.
John Danks pitched well for eight innings. He had a quality start, but when you get no run support, that hardly means anything. Jesse Crain came in to relieve Danks and he pitched well also. It is always sad that John has worn it for so long in getting no run support. And now it is even more annoying since he has pitched well enough in all of his starts except for one. He legitimately could be 4-1 this season instead of the abysmal 0-5 that he is. Perhaps he is the bet 0-5 pitcher you will ever see.
So what has been learned in the short 2-game series against the Twins? Well, the Sox are REALLY bad right now. Nothing is going well. No hitting, poor defense, and at times there has been bad pitching. The starters in these two games have kept the Sox in the games. But there is no offense. Everyone wants someone’s head to roll for this slop, butÂ unfortunatelyÂ the people who are mostly responsible can’t be fired or easily replaced.
Not that the Twins are doing much better, but they now look spectacular after seeing how awful the White Sox are. Last night, Francisco Liriano got the first no-hitter of the 2011 season and it was not a pretty one either. He was walking a lot of guys, struck out very few and until that game had never pitched a complete game. Oh and he came into the game sporting a 9.13 ERA. Not to take anything away from him, but when you are facing an offense as pitiful as the White Sox, well, getting a no-hitter on them shouldn’t be too difficult.
At least the Sox “redeemed” themselves with getting some hits and runs in this afternoon’s affair. Fortunately, the Sox have a day off tomorrow before heading out to the West Coast for a road trip through Seattle, Oakland and Anaheim. Maybe the road will be kind to this team. If not, I hope they find something to get them out of their team-wide collective slump because this isn’t pretty or remotely fun to witness.