Sale has short, rough outing in 7-4 Sox loss
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN firstname.lastname@example.org June 19, 2013 10:23PM
Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale reacts after giving up a single to Minnesota Twins' Ryan Doumit during the fourth inning of a baseball game on Wednesday, June 19, 2013, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Genevieve Ross)
MINNEAPOLIS -- Chris Sale got roughed up for four runs on eight hits over five innings, and the Minnesota Twins held on for a 7-4 victory against the White Sox on Wednesday night that dropped the Sox to 11 games under .500 for the first time in two years.
Alejandro De Aza led off the game with his ninth homer against Kevin Correia, and Adam Dunn had a two-run single in the eighth inning for the Sox, who lost for the second time in two nights at Target Field and for the sixth time in their last seven overall.
Sale, who took a 2.11 ERA in June into the game, fell to 0-4 during the month nonetheless.
In the latest ‘whatever can go wrong for the Sox probably will’ event of a season gone terribly wrong, Sale (5-6) was busy avoiding multiple lower body injuries during the second inning.
Oswaldo Arcia singled off Sale’s leg in the second inning, spinning him around like a top. Sale came up hobbling two batters later after he covered first base making a putout on a close play to get Pedro Florimon. Whether it was the same pain as the first was unclear, but after a second visit from trainer Herm Schneider and manager Robin Ventura, Sale gave up a three-run homer pitch to Brian Dozier to put the Sox in a 3-1 hole.
It took Sale 101 pitches to get through five innings. He hit two batters and walked two.
Correia (6-4) gave up two runs and struck out six Sox over 6 2/3 innings.
The last time the Sox (29-40) were 11 games under was on May 6, 2011, when they were 11-22.