The White Sox welcome John Danks back in a way only the 2011 White Sox could do: score one run and lose on a walk-off wild pitch. In Danks’ last 4 starts, including Wednesday’s start coming off the DL, Danks is 3-0 with an ERA of 0.88 holding opponents to a .215 batting average.
Coming out of the break the White Sox took 2 of 3 from the Tigers, in a series they could have swept, then go into Kansas City looking to do at least the same to the Royals. When you look at the pitching the Sox were facing, at least on paper, it looked like a real possibility. The Sox beat Kyle Davies, a pitcher with a record of 1-8 going into that game with an ERA well over 7. Then the Royals trot out a young lefty named Danny Duffy. Never heard of him? Don’t feel bad because I haven’t either. He gives up 2 first inning runs then proceeds to out-duel Jake Peavy and the Sox lose. Then the almighty Bruce Chen gets the ball to face Danks in Wednesday’s match up. The White Sox do not get a hit until Quentin’s homerun in the 5th, and get nothing after in the 11 inning game.
The White Sox are in the race because of their pitching, and solely because of that. Their pitchers are given so much pressure to pitch perfect because their bats are nowhere to be found this season. While Juan Pierre and Gordon Beckham have started to pick it up individually, this team cannot put anything together at all. It becomes so frustrating for the fans to watch this team because you are forced to have hope being only 4.5 games out of first place.
While Jake Peavy may be a lot of talk and not much backing him big talk up, I think that what he said after Tuesday nights loss was what every pitcher on the team wants to say. Peavy stated that it’s hard to win a game when you only get 2 runs of offence. At first I was a little disturbed by those comments because, as a teammate, I would be angry about them. But watching as a fan, he is right, and Peavy’s frustration I’m sure is shared by many.