The White Sox offense may have reached a new low tonight, getting shutout by an 0-9 pitcher in Shaun Marcum. Also, the defense may have reached a new low, as they were pretty much solely responsible for all three Mets runs in the fifth inning.
It was another tough one to swallow, and it seems like every time I write the game recap, that's the case. Maybe I'm bad luck?
Whatever the case may be, here's the lowdown on tonight's loss…
Defense Does Danks In
John Danks pitched well enough to win this baseball game, as this was one of his best outings since returning from the disabled list last month. The lefty went 7.1 innings, allowing just one earned run with seven strikeouts, seven hits, and no walks.
However, he walked away with his fifth loss of the season. All three runs crossed the plate in the top of the fifth, and three very easy plays cost Danks and the Sox.
First, Alexei Ramirez committed an error (what else is new), pulling the ol' ole bull fighting technique on a ground ball hit byt Juan Lagares to Ramirez's glove side. The ball skipped past him, allowing two runs to cross the plate. With a man on first and one out, this was a tailor-made double play. While scorekeepers cannot assume a double play, it's safe to say that if Ramirez makes this play, Danks doesn't allow a run in the fifth.
Play number two came on the next batter when Omar Quintanilla tried to bunt Lagares over to third. The attempt was put straight up into the air in foul territory, and Tyler Flowers just flat out dropped the ball. No error was ruled as the ball was knuckling a bit, but it's a ball that just has to be caught by a Major League Baseball player.
The last instance of poor defense in the fifth came on the hitter after Quintanilla, as Eric Young hit a soft grounder to Brent Morel that he was unable to field. No error was charged here as well, as Morel had to reach for the ball. Still, the ball deflected off of his glove, and we all know the old rule of thumb: if you get your glove on the ball, you catch it. Morel gets a bit more of a pass in my eyes given it was his first game back up with the club and he could have had some jitters, but it's another play that should have been made.
It's really getting comical, as every game, there's a list of poor defensive plays to discuss that is longer than the list you make when you go grocery shopping. Really, you just don't know what to say anymore.
Marcum Shuts Out the Sox
It's hard to win a game when you don't defend, but it's also hard to win a game when you don't hit. The Sox were only able to muster four hits off of the Mets left-hander, giving Shaun Marcum his first victory on the season.
Marcum is probably a better pitcher than what his 1-9 record and 5.08 ERA shows, as this is a guy who is 57-45 lifetime and was 7-4 with a 3.70 ERA a year ago. However, other teams have obviously been able to get to him this season, and four hits in a game is just unacceptable for a Major League offense.
The Sox offense is just making things easier for Rick Hahn to make the decision to pull the plug on this season.
Cleveland Comes to Town
The Cleveland Indians will come to U.S. Cellular Field for a four-game series over the weekend. Friday will be a doubleheader, as the Sox and Indians were postponed back on April 23. The Sox will send Santiago, Quintana, Axelrod, and Sale to the hill, while the Tribe are set to counter with Trevor Bauer, Carlos Carrasco, Ubaldo Jimenez, and Justin Masterson.
Cleveland possess a powerful lineup, but a starting rotation that is very hittable. The Sox offense hasn't been good this season, but there's no excuse for this team to not put some runs on the board this weekend.