Doubleheader! Yesterday’s game against the Phillies was rained out, so the Sox played a day-night doubleheader today. John Danks faced Jonathan Pettibone in the early game while Hector Santiago faced John Lannan in the late game.
In game one, Danks pitched well. He lasted 6.1 innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk. He gave up a solo home run in the seventh to Darin Ruf which tied the game at three. Matt Lindstrom came on in relief and pitched an inning, giving up one hit. Donnie Veal pitched a third of an inning, and Nate Jones pitched 1.1 innings, giving up two hits. Ramon Troncoso pitched the tenth, giving up just a walk and picking up the win while Addison Reed picked up his 24th save by pitching the 11th and giving up a run on two hits.
Several hitters had a great afternoon. Alexei Ramirez went 4-for-6 with an RBI and a run scored. Adam Dunn went 2-for-3 with three walks and a run scored, Gordon Beckham went 2-for-4 with a walk and a run scored, and Alejandro De Aza went 2-for-5 with a walk, a run scored and two RBI. Alex Rios didn’t have a great afternoon, unlike the other night when he went 6-for-6. This afternoon, he went 0-for-6 with three strikeouts.
The Sox won Game One 5-3 in 11 innings and had to prep for the evening game. Hector Santiago had a great game, pitching 7.1 innings while giving up one run on three hits and a walk. He also struck out nine. Matt Lindstrom finished the eighth perfectly before Donnie Veal pitched the ninth perfectly. Ramon Troncoso pitched 1.1 innings perfectly before David Purcey relieved him, giving up just one hit in 0.2 innings. Simon Castro picked up the loss in the 13th, giving up a walk and a hit which allowed a run to score. The Sox lost 2-1.
Batters didn’t have as good a game as they did in the afternoon. Tyler Flowers and Blake Tekotte were the only ones who picked up more than one hit, and they each picked up two. Gordon Beckham left the game after the 12th after he collided with Casper Wells in the outfield. He suffered a left quad contusion. Or basically a bruise.
The Sox finish the first half tomorrow afternoon. Jose Quintana faces Cole Hamels. Quintana picked up a win his last time out, beating Justin Verlander. It ended a stretch of seven straight no-decisions. In his last 15 innings, he has allowed just three runs and has struck out 18. Hamels picked up a win on Tuesday, giving him wins in consecutive starts for the first time since last season.