The White Sox were looking for a sweep tonight, and unfortunately it just didn’t happen. Our Sox sent Hector Santiago to the mound while the Red Sox countered with Clay Buchholz. The game went to the Red Sox as they beat our Sox 6-2.
Santiago was playing for a spot in the rotation tonight as John Danks is expected to return this weekend. Santiago pitched six innings tonight and gave up just two runs on three hits and four walks. He also struck out nine. Unfortunately he picked up the loss since the bullpen gave up four runs after Santiago was pulled. This outing may have kicked him out of the rotation, and it wasn’t entirely his fault.
Brian Omogrosso came on in the seventh and pitched 1.1 innings. He allowed two runs, one earned, on four hits and a walk. Nate Jones came on for an inning of work, and he gave up two runs on a hit and two walks. Donnie Veal finished the ninth inning without allowing a run.
While Santiago had an OK outing, the offense didn’t do much to help him stay in the rotation. They managed to pick up just two runs on six hits and three walks. Alex Rios now has a 17-game hitting streak, and he batted in a run. Paul Konerko had the best night, going 2-for-4 with a home run in the ninth inning. Alejandro De Aza, Jeff Keppinger and Tyler Flowers each picked up a hit as well.
The Sox are off tomorrow as they prepare to face the Miami Marlins. The Sox have yet to announce who their starter will be, but they will face Tom Koehler. He pitched a career high in innings pitched, strikeouts and pitches in his last start against the Diamondbacks, but it wasn’t enough for a win.
Edit: The White Sox will send John Danks to the mound for his first start of the season on Friday. Danks made his last start on May 19, 2012, before having season-ending shoulder surgery.