Chase Anderson wins MLB debut as White Sox fall 5-1
BY TONI GINNETTI For Sun-Times Media May 11, 2014 4:24PM
Chicago White Sox's Tyler Flowers reacts to striking out against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the third inning of a baseball game on Sunday, May 11, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)
Updated: May 11, 2014 4:30PM
Arizona starter Chase Anderson made his major league debut Sunday against the White Sox — and pitched like a veteran for his first victory.
Anderson, 26, faced the minimum 15 batters through five innings, though he had given up a single in the second to Jose Abreu. Abreu was out trying to stretch the hit to a double.
The Sox didn’t get another hit until Moises Sierra homered in the sixth, their only run in the 5-1 loss.
Anderson worked 5 1/3 innings, walking one and striking out six.
Anderson had faced the Sox Class AA affiliate in Birmingham, Ala., on May 1 while pitching for the Diamondbacks Class AA affiliate. In that game, he worked 7 1/3 shutout innings and limited Birmingham to three hits. That was his last start before Sunday.
The victory gave the visiting Diamondbacks their second win over the Sox as well as the three-game interleague series.
Sox starter Hector Noesi (0-3) worked six innings, giving up a first inning run and two more in the fifth when Gerardo Parra homered with A.J. Pollock on base. The Diamondbacks added two runs in the ninth when Miguel Montero homered off Frank Francisco with Paul Goldschmidt on base, reaching on an error by first baseman Adam Dunn.
A Mother’s Day crowd of 18,612 at U.S. Cellular Field saw the Sox manage only four hits in the game. Arizona relievers Joe Thatcher, Evan Marshall, Brad Ziegler and Oliver Perez shut out the Sox in the last three innings.