In the series opener against the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday evening the White Sox snapped a five game losing streak by topping the Rays 4-2 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg on the strength of 5.1 innings of one-run ball by starter Jose Quintana. After his best start in the last couple of weeks saw the White Sox tied at one in the bottom of the sixth inning when Quintana turned the ball over to the bullpen, the White Sox got some timely hitting and a solid effort by the bullpen.
Chris Beck, Anthony Swarzak, Dan Jennings, Tommy Kahnle and David Robertson combined for 3.2 innings of one-run ball on the evening, and a pair of home runs by Avisail Garcia (9) and Todd Frazier (9) as well as an RBI double by first-baseman Jose Abreu ensured a White Sox victory in the opener, their first victory of the month of June.
The White Sox jumped out to an early 1-0 lead for the second night in a row in game two on Wednesday night when Jose Abreu plated Leury Garcia on an RBI single to right field, but the White Sox would fail to score again on Wednesday night as they fell to the Rays 3-1 to even the series at one game a piece.
The White Sox were stymied by Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Jacob Faria who was making his major-league debut against the White Sox. Faria tossed 6.1 innings of one-run ball, striking out five hitters and earning his first major-league victory.
In the rubber match on Thursday night the Rays jumped out to a big lead early against White Sox starting pitcher Derek Holland who has been bad as of late. Kevin Kiermaier opened the scoring with an RBI double in the second inning, and then Derek Norris added another run with a solo home run in the third inning. The Rays would push one more across in the third inning on a sacrifice fly by Evan Longoria, making it a 3-0 Tampa Bay lead after three full innings. A pair of home runs by Derek Norris and Peter Bourjos in the bottom of the fourth inning stretched the Tampa Bay lead to 6-0.
Holland ended the night with 4.2 innings pitched, allowing six runs on six hits while walking three Rays’ hitters in the process, leaving the game in the fifth inning in line for the loss.
A three run-home run by Avisail Garcia (10) would trim the Rays lead in half in the seventh inning before Todd Frazier smacked his 10th home run of the season off of the left field foul pole to make it a one run game in the top of the eighth inning. The White Sox would get the tying run to the plate in the eighth inning after shortstop Tim Anderson doubled down the left-field line and stole third base during the next at-bat, but Alex Colome would enter the game to shut the door for a 7-5 Rays victory, handing the White Sox their third consecutive series defeat.
Avisail Garcia: 4-11, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 3 R
Todd Frazier: 4-11, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R
The White Sox announced after Thursday night’s game that the club optioned right-handed reliever Brad Goldberg to Triple-A Charlotte. Goldberg appeared in one game for the White Sox, allowing four runs on three hits in just 0.1 IP. A corresponding move by the club is expected tomorrow.
The White Sox will head to Cleveland next to wrap-up the current road-trip, one that they are 1-5 on to this point. Check back tomorrow for our detailed series preview between the White Sox and the Tribe.