After an off day on Thursday, the White Sox were set with two games against the Cleveland Indians on Friday. And you probably wouldn't be too shocked if I told you the Sox lost both of those games. But you would be quite surprised if I told you they did so while scoring 18 runs.
In the first inning of game one, the Sox sent 11 men to the plate and scored five of them. But then, starter Hector Santiago let the Indians come back with five more runs of their own in the second inning.
In fact, the Tribe actually scored 14 unanswered runs before the Sox got back on the board in the fifth inning thanks to Gordon Beckham and Tyler Flowers.
With the score 14-9, though, the Sox went on to let up five more runs (in the eighth and ninth innings) and lost 19-10.
On a positive note, Adam Dunn went 2-for-4 with a home run and Jeff Keppinger went 3-for-4 with a long ball of his own. The strong games got Dunn up to .199 and Kepp up to .238 as their tradability continues to climb.
Gordon Beckham also continued to rake, going 3-for-5 and raising his average to .323 on the season.
But the negatives from the pitching staff in this one were just way too much to overcome. In fact, outfielder Casper Wells was technically our best hurler in this one …
In the second game, the Sox were at least good for innings 2-8 … it was just the first and last frames that bit 'em.
After letting up four runs in the first inning, Jose Quintana battled through to let up only five runs (four earned) through six innings tossed. His ERA was raised to 3.97 with the work mans-like effort.
Adam Dunn went 1-for-4 while Jeff Keppinger went 3-for-4 while each of them had a couple RBI's once again. In fact it was a very strong, well balanced effort from the south siders' offense yet again …
But after Jesse Crain got his 19th hold of the season in the eighth inning (lowering his ERA to 0.50), Addison Reed couldn't finish the job in the ninth. He let up four runs to let the Tribe take a 9-8 lead, where the score would stand in the bottom half of the inning as the White Sox dropped to a season-worst 13 games under .500.