White Sox’ bullpen roughed up for 15 runs in Twins’ 16-3 romp
By TONI GINNETTI For Sun-Times Media August 3, 2014 9:41PM
Updated: August 17, 2014 11:18PM
Bullpen woes continue to plague the White Sox, who saw left-hander Jose Quintana’s effort through five innings and two rain delays go for naught Sunday against the Minnesota Twins.
Quintana allowed only an unearned run in the first inning, but the Twins pounded the bullpen on their way to a 16-3 blowout. Relievers Javy Guerra, Taylor Thompson, Ronald Belisario, Eric Surkamp and Andre Rienzo combined to yield 15 runs — three each in the sixth and ninth and nine in the eighth — and 18 hits in four innings.
After the game, the Sox optioned Thompson (10.13 ERA in five appearances) to Class AAA Charlotte. They will make a corresponding move Monday.
‘‘It got loose, and you couldn’t stop it,’’ manager Robin Ventura said. ‘‘This isn’t quite as heartbreaking as losing a one-run game. . . . But the way you pitch and the way you go through a game, you want it to be better than that.
‘‘We’ve had a nice stretch where we played some pretty good baseball, and then you drop this in there. You’ve got to put it behind you.’’
The Sox expect reliever Zach Putnam (shoulder) to return by Friday and reliever Matt Lindstrom soon after.
The Twins hit back-to-back-to-back home runs in the ninth against Rienzo. It was the first time the Twins hit three consecutive homers since July 12, 2001, at Milwaukee.
Outfielder Avisail Garcia, who has been on the disabled list since mid-April with a torn labrum in his left shoulder, had to leave his third rehab game with Charlotte after he was hit by a pitch and suffered a bruised left triceps. He will be evaluated daily.
The Sox postponed their annual Picnic in the Park fundraiser after the long game. The event was rescheduled for Aug. 31.