Series Recap: White Sox vs. Red Sox

The opening of the second half of the season for the Chicago White Sox got off to a pretty unfavorable start. As the South Siders embarked on a difficult July, the team hoped for a good showing in Boston to get things started off on the right foot.  Apparently, the Red Sox had other plans.

Since Kevin Youkilis came to Chicago, this series has been hailed as his big return home to rub his recent success in the face of Boston’s management. In Game One of the series, Youkilis did just that, as he was greeted by a roaring Fenway crowd, where the former Red Sox third baseman tipped his cap to the crowd in a sincere show of gratitude. He went on to have a great game, going 3-4 with two doubles. It was just a shame the rest of the offense was absent and the bullpen was of no help. Rookie Leyson Septimo gave up three earned runs in his first loss, as he squandered Dylan Axelrod’s fine start through the first 6 2/3 innings, causing the Sox to drop the game 5-1.

In the second game, the White Sox came roaring back with a 7-5 win behind the return of Philip Humber to the starting rotation. Humber pitched great through six innings to pick up his fourth victory of the season, and even though Matt Thornton struggled a bit in his inning of work, giving up three runs, the rest of the pitching was able to seal up the victory, with Addison Reed earning his 15th save of the season. But of course the biggest, and most fitting hero of the game was Youkilis himself, who busted open the game in the fourth inning with a three-run shot, leaving Red Sox fans dumbfounded as to whether they should be cheering or shaking their heads in disbelief.

Unfortunately for South Siders, the Red Sox fans had a lot to cheer about the following night when they routed the White Sox 10-1. With their Red Sox offense exploding, the Pale Hose’s offense sputtered with only Paul Konerko able to squeeze out an RBI. Cody Ross drove in six runs by himself as he launched two three-run homers in the game. The game’s goat in this case would be rookie Pedro Hernandez, who the White Sox called up for an emergency start following Gavin Floyd’s trip to the disabled list. Hernandez gave up eight earned runs in just four innings, and looked completely overwhelmed. While rookie White Sox pitchers have done well this year, obviously this outing proved that good fortune could only go so far.

In the finale of the series, the Sox again fell after a hard-fought game by Jose Quintana. The young starter had another excellent start, and deserved a win as he pitched eight scoreless innings. However, the offense was mostly silent once again as Matt Thornton entered the game with a 1-0 lead. After putting two men on, Reed entered the game, only to give up a walk-off home run to none other than Ross, causing the White Sox to lose the game 3-1, as well as the series. Thankfully the White Sox still sit in first place, but now comes the true test, as they face off against the Detroit Tigers next. With the Tigers only trailing one and a half games, this is the biggest series of the season thus far. It’s time for the offense and bullpen to fully wake up and get moving in this crucial second half.

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