The White Sox couldn’t quite complete the sweep against the Red Sox tonight, falling 6-2. It was a game that the Sox never led, and after the bullpen led up four runs, the game was out of hand. Let’s take a look …
SANTIAGO’S TERIFFIC EFFORT
Coming into the game, I wasn’t optimistic about the Sox’s chances given the fact that Hector Santiago was working on just three days’ rest.
The team still lost, but Santiago was certainly not the reason why. He gave the Sox everything he had tonight, eclipsing the 100 pitch mark and absolutely shutting down the Red Sox offense after the first inning. His start makes the decision even tougher for Robin Ventura in terms of who he’s going to take out of the rotation to make room for John Danks.
OFFENSE CAN’T GET GOING
The Sox ran into one of the league’s best pitcher’s tonight in Clay Buchholz. After struggling with his command in the first inning, Buchholz was able to settle in and keep the Sox hitters at bay despite only striking out four through seven innings.
While Buchholz is good, the White Sox offense had to find a way to scrape some runs across tonight. Hector Santiago pitched way too good and gave you way too gritty of an effort for you not to support him tonight.
As Hawk Harrelson said in the broadcast, the real good teams don’t waste games like this one. If the Sox get a lead in the middle innings, Ventura is going to guys like Jesse Crain and Addison Reed late instead of Brian Omogrosso and Donnie Veal.
We know how good the White Sox bullpen is when they get a lead. Unfortunately, they are equally as bad when they are behind.
The bullpen was already taxed tonight, so Ventura had to rely on Brian Omogrosso, Donnie Veal, and Nate Jones (who threw a career high three innings on Saturday) to get the job done. Those three guys were downright awful, falling behind almost every hitter and allowing four runs.
Ventura has taken some heat about his management of the bullpen lately, but after Jesse Crain and Addison Reed, what real options does he have back there that give you any sort of confidence? Matt Thornton and Matt Lindstrom have had flashes of good play this season, but haven’t been consistent. Some guys back there have to just step up and do their jobs.
TWO OUT OF THREE AIN’T BAD
It always stinks to lose, but taking two out of three from a team like the Red Sox is not something to be upset about.
For the most part, the White Sox played a much better brand of baseball this series, and now have two pretty bad teams upcoming on the schedule in the Marlins and Cubs to hopefully keep up the momentum with. Matt Hoeppner will have series previews as always.