The White Sox headed to Los Angeles still in first place in the American League Central. The series against the Dodgers would be a big series for many players, especially considering John Danks will be returning from the disabled list sometime soon.
The much-anticipated matchup between White Sox pitcher Chris Sale and Clayton Kershaw didn’t exactly go the way many had hoped for, as neither starting pitcher was as dominant as we have seen them this season. That didn’t stop this game from being a good overall game, as it came down to the final pitch.
The White Sox got off to an early start on an Adam Dunn two-run home run in the first inning. The Dodgers would respond in the bottom half of the inning with an RBI double by Elian Herrera. The White Sox would add a run in each of the third, fourth, and fifth innings, including an Alex Rios home run that gave Sale a 5-1 lead.
Sale would hit a wall in the sixth though, and the scoring began with a Juan Uribe RBI double. Three more hits to follow, even after Jessie Crain replaced Sale, would produce four runs for the Dodgers, giving them a 6-5 lead.
The White Sox have not really gone down quietly this season, and this game would be no different. In the top of the eighth innings, Rios would connect for his second home run of the contest, tying the game. In the bottom of the inning, reliever Matt Thornton would send a pitch to the backstop, scoring James Loney, a play that would give the Dodgers the win.
The White Sox were hoping to erase the thoughts of the previous night’s game, but were hoping to do so with struggling starter Phillip Humber going to the mound. The White Sox would once again get off to a quick start, starting in the second inning when Alexei Ramirez hit an RBI double, giving the Sox a 1-0 lead. Humber would help himself out with an RBI single, as well.
A Rios RBI triple in the third would give Humber a 4-0 cushion early on, but as many of his starts previous to this game, Humber had to work hard for everything he needed. The Dodgers would tie the game in the third with four runs coming on a sacrifice fly and three singles. It had to be a let down for the White Sox, as they had seen two fast starts in two days go for nothing.
In the top of the fourth, the White Sox would once again grab the lead on an infield sacrifice by Alejandro De Aza. Humber would only see five innings, and Billingsley only six, as the game would be turned over to the bullpens. The Dodgers bullpen would throw three innings of scoreless baseball, but it wouldn’t matter as the White Sox bullpen went on to throw four innings of hitless baseball to hold on to the win.
The father’s day pitching matchup was Jose Quintana against Chris Capuano, but fans saw the game they thought they would see Friday night. Capuano headed into the matchup with a 5-0 record and a 1.66 ERA at home. Both pitchers were dominant. Capuano would go eight innings, giving up just 6 hits and striking out 12. Quintana would also go eight, giving up just five hits.
The White Sox would score the only run of either starter when Dayan Vicideo hit a single to center, scoring the White Sox’ Brent Lillibridge.
Quintana didn’t come out for the ninth even though he had just 77 pitches. Instead, Addison Reed would come in to try and close the game, but gave up an RBI sacrifice fly by Juan Rivera to tie the game. It was Reed’s first blown save in nine chances.
In the bottom of the tenth, Tony Gwynn Jr. hit a line drive out to left that outfielder Jordan Danks tried to make a full extension dive on, but the ball fell short of him and rolled to the wall. Gwynn would settle for a triple. After a great play by Beckham led to the second out, the White Sox would intentionally walk Bobby Abreu to get to Dee Gordon. Gordon would shoot a line drive out the left field, dropping in front of Danks and giving the Dodgers the 2-1 win. The loss was the second tough loss of the series for the White Sox.
It was a game Quintana should have won, but the bullpen wasn’t able to hold on. The White Sox are now 35-31 on the year, and still in first place.
The White Sox will take on the Chicago Cubs starting Monday.