Friday night, the Padres’ pitchers were magnificent in shutting down the White Sox’ offensive attack, winning 4-1. Saturday afternoon was all too similar, as San Diego got ahead early and coasted toward a 4-2 victory.
Ross Solid, Bullpen Lights Out Again
After the Padres took the series opener, we mentioned that sometimes you just have to tip your cap when good pitchers get the best of you, and that that’s okay as long as the Sox bounced back quickly. Unfortunately San Diego manager Bud Black had Tyson Ross and his sub-3.00 ERA on tap for this one, so you know … easier said than done.
Ross let up just five hits, walked three, fanned five and saw two runs (one earned) cross the plate in his six solid innings of work. His ERA now stands at a very nice 2.85.
Cubans Alexei Ramirez and Dayan Viciedo were the only two that saw Ross well, each going 2-for-3 against him. Connor Gillaspie did draw two walks.
A Viciedo double brought home Adam Eaton in the fifth; it was …
- the 27th run Spanky has scored in his 38 games played, which would have him on pace for 115 over a 162-game season.
- Tank’s double was his 16th on the season, which is good for seventh in the American League.
But the good guys’ bats did not make a peep from there on out, as Ross worked a perfect sixth ahead of three near-perfect innings from the same trio of Padres relievers that shut down the Sox Friday.
Nick Vincent, Joaquin Benoit and Huston Street (1 BB) did their thing yet again, boosting their already-dominant statistics, including WHIP’s that are all well below 1.00.
After picking up his first loss of the season last wekeend versus the Yankees, White Sox starter Andre Rienzo struggled again Saturday afternoon.
The 25 year old Brazilian did the one thing you can’t do when facing a porous offense like the Padres’: make things easy on ’em. Andre struggled with his location over his 3.1 innings, though he only issued two walks. When he did get ahead in the count, he often offered up waste pitches, letting the hitters get right back into the at bat.
Because of that trend, his pitch count was high from the get-go. It took him 80 pitches (47 strikes) to get one out into the fourth before getting yanked in favor of long reliever Scott Carroll.
His final line: 3.1 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
Though he was hit hard and was often unable to hit his spots, he did a good job of minimizing damage in the second and third innings before Carroll bailed him out in the fourth.
We recently analyzed Rienzo and his long-term potential with this ball club, mentioning that while he’ll never be a lights out guy, his ability to manage his poorer starts will be key. He did keep the team in this game despite a rough outing, but couldn’t overcome the high pitch count in the end.
Rienzo turns 26 this upcoming Thursday and is most likely slated to pitch the day after against the Angels in Anaheim. Hopefully he can fend off a bad hangover and get back on track.
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