Warm Weather Can't Heat Up Bats, Sox Fall to Cubs

John Danks bp picMuch like Cheryl, I highly dislike the Crosstown series. People act like jerks, and it’s all just a hot mess. Just like today’s game! Today’s game was a hot mess. John Danks had a shaky second start, and the bullpen couldn’t hold the Cubs off, as the Sox fell 9-3.

Danks picked up his first loss of the season after having a rough outing. He lasted just four innings, giving up four runs (three earned) on five hits and a walk. He gave up two home runs, both to Dioner Navarro. The bullpen didn’t fare much better. Hector Santiago came on for the fifth and the beginning of the sixth. He pitched 1.1 innings, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk.

Matt Lindstrom finished the sixth, pitching 0.2 innings and giving up two hits. Brian Omogrosso had another bad outing, pitching the seventh. He gave up three runs on two hits, and those runs scored on Dioner Navarro’s third home run of the game. Nate Jones had a great outing, pitching the eighth without giving up a hit or a walk.

The offense didn’t do a whole lot to help the bad pitching. They picked up nine hits, but no one had enough plate discipline to draw a walk this afternoon. Jeff Keppinger had the best afternoon, going 3-for-4. Alexei Ramirez and Tyler Flowers each picked up two hits, and Conor Gillaspie and Casper Wells, who pinch hit for Danks, each picked up a hit. But that was all the offense. Alejandro De Aza, Adam Dunn and Flowers knocked in the three runs, but that wasn’t enough, especially when Navarro was knocking the ball out of the park.

This awful series is over tomorrow, minus the postponed game. Jake Peavy faces off against Travis Wood, so maybe we can salvage a win and get back on track before heading off to Oakland. Peavy is going for his seventh win tomorrow and has a 2.97 ERA. Wood will be a formidable opponent with a 4-3 record and a 2.73 ERA. It’ll be interesting tomorrow.