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Pitching Falters As Sox Fail to Sweep

April 3 vs. Minnesota


Daily Sox Crop Report:
Partially rotten tomatoes
Rotten tomatoes were on the pitching staff.

Short Take:   The offense struck again, but the pitching staff failed to back them up.

Coming off wins in each of their first two games, the White Sox looked to sweep the Minnesota Twins at home behind starter Jose Quintana. But you can't always get what you want, and the Sox were unable to finish the sweep, falling to the Twins 10-9.

Quintana didn't have the greatest start, but it could have been worse. He pitched six innings, giving up five runs on five hits and three walks. Only two runs were earned, as an error was charged to Jose Abreu in the third. Three runs crossed the plate after the error for the Twins' first three runs of the game. After allowing the two earned runs in the fifth and finishing out the sixth, Quintana was pulled for Nate Jones.

When Quintana was pulled, the Sox were up 8-5. Alejandro got the scoring started with a solo home run in the second inning. He finished the game going 1-for-4. Adam Eaton started off the bottom of the fifth with a triple and scored a run on a double by Abreu. Eaton finished the game going 1-for-3 with two runs scored and two walks. Abreu went 2-for-4, his other hit being a triple in the sixth. He was also hit by a pitch and had four RBI. Right after Abreu's double, Adam Dunn hit his second home run of the season. Dunn finished 1-for-5.

The bottom of the sixth was a good inning for the offense. Anthony Swarzak replaced starter Phil Hughes. With one out, Tyler Flowers, who went 4-for-4, singled to left. Leury Garcia singled to center, Eaton walked, and with the bases loaded, Marcus Semien walked, batting in Flowers. Abreu's triple allowed Garcia, Eaton and Semien to cross the plate.

Nate Jones came in for the seventh and walked the only two batters he faced. He was pulled for Maikel Cleto. Cleto allowed both of Jones' batters to cross home plate, allowing one hit in the seventh. But the Sox were still up 8-7. Ronald Belisario came on in the eighth, and he promptly blew the save, allowing a solo home run to Josmil Pinto, the first batter he faced. He finished the eighth without allowing any more hits.

The Sox scored another run to put them up 9-8. That run came off the bat of Marcus Semien, who hit a solo home run for his first hit of the season. Matt Lindstrom came on in the ninth for the save, but that clearly didn't happen. Lindstrom picked up a blown save and the loss, as he gave up two runs on two hits and a walk.

The Sox travel to Kansas City for a weekend series with the Royals. Hopefully this season they will have the Royals figured out. Erik Johnson gets the start on Friday afternoon. This will be his fifth Major League start, as he made his Major League debut on September 4 last season. He faces off against Jeremy Guthrie who posted a 3-2 record against the Sox last season.

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