White Sox walk 15 in 6-4, 14-inning loss to Red Sox
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Staff Reporter April 17, 2014 12:40AM
Updated: April 17, 2014 12:59AM
Walks will kill you, they say. Fifteen of them were the cause of a slow, methodical death for the White Sox in a 6-4 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday at U.S. Cellular Field that ended about 30 minutes after midnight.
The Red Sox scored two in the 14th on Jackie Bradley Jr.’s two-out double against utility infielder Leury Garcia, who was forced into action as a pitcher after manager Robin Ventura used four relievers in the eighth inning and all of his bullpen. Garcia retired the first two batters he faced, including A.J. Pierzynski, before issuing two walks and the double.
Daniel Webb pitched three innings of relief, needing 60 pitches to get through them.
Jonny Gomes’ sacrifice fly against Webb scored Dustin Pedroia, who had walked to lead off the inning, with the go-ahead run in the 11th. Tyler Flowers’ two-out single in the bottom of the inning scored Jordan Danks to extend the game.
The Red Sox had six hits all night. After getting three hits in the first inning, they managed only two infield hits before Bradley’s liner down the right field line fell for a double.
Garcia, throwing about 77 mph, was basically trying to get the ball over the plate.
Alexei Ramirez tied Frank Thomas’ club-record 15-game hitting streak to start a season by clubbing a tiebreaking two-run homer, connecting with two out and Adam Dunn on third in the sixth against right-hander Clay Buchholz for a 3-1 lead. It was the shortstop’s fourth homer of the season and tied his career-long hitting streak of 15 games set in 2010.