White Sox 9, RAYS 2 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: David Price Early. It looked like it was going to be one of those typical 7+ innings, 0 or 1 run performances by Price. In the first 5 innings he allowed just 2 baserunners and only 5 balls left the infield. But after the first 2 runs scored on Price’s throwing error in the 6th, the very next pitch was a 2-run home run. Price got rattled and it is not very often that we see Price get rattled.
THE BAD: Defense. The Rays appeared to be cruising behind David Price with a 1-0 lead and then the 6th inning happened. Specifically, 4 errors in the inning happened, the worst defensive inning in franchise history. It started with an unusual error by Ben Zobrist and included 3 errors in the first 3 batters of the inning. Just ugly…Unlucky. At the end of the day, a double-play is really just an unlucky result and the Rays had 4 of them including 2 inning-ending double-plays by Evan Longoria…#CancelLueke. Josh Lueke has given up 7 runs (6 earned) in 13.1 innings. But that is just half of this sad story. He has also inherited 7 runners and he has allowed 6 of those runners to score. His 6 inherited runners scored is tied for the Major League lead. At some point, being out of minor league options is not enough to keep a pitcher who is not helping.
THE TELLING: The forecast in Chicago is for rain all day and the chances of playing tonight’s game seem slim…Jeremy Hellickson threw off the mound for the first time since his surgery. He threw 20 pitches, all fastballs, and it reportedly went well.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Things got momentarily ugly between Grant Balfour and Paul Konerko on Saturday night. Balfour insists he was yelling at himself. But if you are going to act like that on the field, you have to understand that sometimes it is going to be misinterpreted. [TampaBay.com]
- “Joe Maddon: A Model for Coaches at All Levels” [HuffingtonPost]
- DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores] Merrill Kelly gave up 3 runs in 6 innings, striking out 5 and walking 1. He did get touched for 2 home runs. Jerry Sands was 2-4 and hit his 6th home run of the season. In double-A, Mike Colla gave up 10 runs (just 4 earned) in 2.2 innings. The Biscuits managed just 3 hits, all singles, and just 1 walk.