BALTIMORE — The Chicago White Sox will head home to the south side of Chicago licking their wounds after ending a 10-game road trip with a sweep at the hands of the Baltimore Orioles this weekend. The White Sox entered the weekend tilt with the Orioles at 15-12 after taking two of three from Detroit last weekend, and then splitting a four game series with the Kansas City Royals.
Unfortunately the White Sox looked gassed against the Orioles this weekend, mustering just seven runs, while allowing 14 to the O’s over the course of the three game series. Miguel Gonzalez looked strong on Friday night, allowing only a pair of earned runs over the course of 6.2 innings, but the Orioles would tack on a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to secure a 4-2 victory in game one.
In game two, the White Sox were playing from behind early again with Dylan Covey spotting the Orioles three runs in the first, and another in the second inning. Covey logged only four innings of work while getting tagged for six earned runs on 10 hits, two of which were home runs. Covey is now 0-3 with an 8.28 ERA on the season. The White Sox would pull the game to within one in the eighth inning after Jose Abreu hit a laser beam off of the left field foul pole, making the score 6-5 Baltimore.
The White Sox would not be able to come up with the equalizing run, and would fall again 6-5 to the O’s on Saturday night.
On Sunday, the White Sox had the bases loaded with one out and failed to push a run across in the top of the first inning. The Orioles however took advantage of some early control issues for Jose Quintana, scoring a pair of runs in the first and another pair in the second inning, and that was all that they needed on the afternoon. The White Sox bats fell silent on Sunday as they were shutout by the Orioles en route to a 4-0 loss at Camden Yards.
Key Series Performers
Jose Abreu: 5-12, HR, 3 RBI, 2 R
Leury Garcia: 5-12, RBI, R
Yolmer Sanchez: 4-9, R
The Bullpen was pretty good this weekend despite being short three regular members of the ‘pen, combining for 9.2 innings pitched, and allowing only one earned run on six hits while striking out six and walking one. An impressive feat for a short-handed bullpen being called upon frequently due to the short outings we have come to expect from Pelfrey and Covey.
Just about everything but the bullpen was bad this weekend. Starting pitchers accounted for 12 of the 14 Orioles runs allowed, and the offense was stone cold outside of Jose Abreu all weekend. The Defense was just as bad, with Tim Anderson making multiple errors on Friday night, and Tyler Saladino botching an inning ending double play in the first inning on Sunday afternoon that allowed the Orioles to score their first runs of the game.
The White Sox will have Monday off before beginning a six game home-stand on Tuesday that will feature a pair of visits from the Minnesota Twins and the San Diego Padres. Some home cooking will be a welcomed change, as no team in Major League Baseball has played more games on the road than the Chicago White Sox.
Now at 15-15 on the season and in the middle of the pack in the American League Central, the White Sox are beginning to feel the effects of having five pitchers on the disabled list. Carlos Rodon, Zach Putnam, James Shields, Jake Petricka and Nate Jones are all shelved right now, and the combination of Mike Pelfrey and Dylan Covey is leaving the White Sox rotation very thin.