White Sox swept as Wilson outduels Quintana
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Staff Reporter June 8, 2014 5:42PM
Updated: June 8, 2014 10:48PM
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Jose Quintana wasn’t at his best.
“Four walks,’’ Quintana said, “that was the problem for me.’’
Coupled with seven hits, Quintana found himself in too much traffic to survive, and with Angels starter C.J. Wilson holding the White Sox to three hits into the eighth inning, he wasn’t up to the task of helping the Sox avoid a sweep.
Quintana lasted 41/3 innings, his shortest outing, in the Angels’ 4-2 victory Sunday. After taking two of three from the Dodgers in Los Angeles, the Sox went home with a 2-4 road-trip record in tow.
“It’s a bummer now, but tomorrow is another day, and you are playing another team, so you can get right back at it,’’ manager Robin Ventura said.
Ventura said the Sox were flat but credited Wilson for making it look that way. Josh Hamilton’s RBI double and two-run single against Quintana were the big blows.
Danks takes it light
John Danks, who received a mound visit from trainer Herm Schneider during the first inning in his last start Wednesday in L.A. after he felt a twinge in his groin and then his left quad, has been running and is “feeling fine.’’ Danks has found extra, shorter bullpen sessions to be effective between his last three starts but only did the one Sunday.
“We could have, but we decided to take the rest when we could get it,’’ said Danks, who will pitch against the Tigers in the second game of a four-game series against the American League Central leaders at U.S. Cellular Field.
Expanding Semien’s role
Marcus Semien played left field Saturday for Class AAA Charlotte as the Sox look to expand the infielder’s versatility. Ventura talked to him before he went down and said the rookie was onboard.
“Guys who can play everywhere, they’re important,’’ Ventura said. “You can start moving guys around and making some substitutions. If you’ve got a guy who can move around at three infield positions and most of the outfield, he becomes valuable.’’
Expanding Putnam’s arsenal
Right-hander Zach Putnam, who has a 1.52 ERA in high-leverage situations out of the bullpen, credits better health and the refinement of his cut fastball. Putnam’s splitter is his money pitch, but the cutter “has helped a lot just keeping guys off the split,’’ Putnam said.
“Guys know I have the split. But having a third pitch to keep guys honest has been huge. With just a fastball and split, if you’re a betting man [as a hitter], you have to like 50/50 odds.’’
Putnam had surgery to remove bone chips in his elbow after struggling with the Cubs last year and said he’s feeling no lingering effects. The best thing about being healthy, Putnam said, is being able to work and prepare every day.
According to Elias, Chris Sale’s .145 batting average against is the lowest by an AL pitcher through his first eight starts of a season since 1980, when Mike Norris held hitters to .140.
† Micah Johnson (hamstring) returned from the disabled list for Charlotte.
† Three prospects from the White Sox Amateur City Elite program were drafted. Shortstop Anthony Justiniano of Clemente and outfielder James Davison of Morgan Park were picked in the 38th and 39th rounds, respectively, by the Sox, and Simeon outfielder Darius Day was taken by the Rangers in the 23rd round.