Sale strong, but bullpen to blame in White Sox loss
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Staff Reporter April 17, 2014 8:40PM
Updated: April 18, 2014 12:14AM
Chris Sale did what he could. But once again, the White Sox bullpen couldn’t get it done.
David Ross drove in the go-ahead run with a double against Ronald Belisario in the ninth inning, and Jonathan Herrera bunted in another run against Scott Downs as the Boston Red Sox defeated the White Sox 3-1 at U.S. Cellular Field Thursday night.
For a good while, Sale and Jon Lester engaged in a hitless duel of lefties. Lester had a perfect game going until Tyler Flowers singled with one out in the sixth, and Sale’s a no-hitter was broken up by Xander Bogaerts’ homer with two outs in the sixth.
Bogaerts’ blast, his first of the season, was the Red Sox’ only hit until Mike Napoli’s infield single in the ninth against Ronald Belisario.
Alexei Ramirez’ hitting streak improved to 16 games, passing Frank Thomas for longest all-time White Sox streak to start a season.
Flowers scored the tying run in the sixth on Adam Eaton’s RBI single
Sale threw a career-high 127 pitches over seven innings, striking out 10 and walking three. His double-digit strikeout performance was the 11th of his young career, tying him with Sox great Billy Pierce for fifth on the franchise all-time list.
White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton robbed David Oritz of a home run in the first, leaping above the yellow line at the top of the wall to make the catch.
Adam Dunn singled leading off the seventh, putting him on base for the 13th time in 13 games played. With two outs, Dunn attempted to score from first on Alejandro De Aza’s double into the right-field corner but was thrown out at home.
The Sox fell to 8-8. They open a seven-game road trip in Texas on Friday night.