Two ‘mistakes’ prove costly to John Danks
BY TONI GINNETTI firstname.lastname@example.org May 29, 2013 9:22PM
White Sox pitcher John Danks pitches during the first inning at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Ill., on Wednesday, May 29, 2013. | Andrew A. Nelles~Sun-Times Media
Updated: July 2, 2013 7:17AM
John Danks wasn’t thinking Wednesday about the last time he pitched at Wrigley Field, which also was the last time he pitched in 2012.
What he did dwell on were two “mistake’’ pitches to Cubs catcher Dioner Navarro.
“I obviously wasn’t as sharp as I’d like to be. You make mistakes to big-league hitters and they do what they’re supposed to do,’’ he said of Navarro’s career game with three home runs and six RBI. “You tip your cap to Dioner.’’
Navarro’s two homers off Danks (0-1) were two of the three earned runs he allowed, but this outing of four innings was less than he had hoped for in his second game back.
“My fastball command wasn’t anywhere near what I’d like it to be. I’m going to chalk it up to one of those days.’’
Manager Robin Ventura was of the same mind, concerned as much about his team’s sudden offensive struggles as he was with his returning left-hander.
“It’s just one game,’’ he said of Danks, who allowed four runs but only three earned on five hits with a walk and two strikeouts.
“A guy [Navarro] hits a couple homers. [Danks] wasn’t walking guys. It’s just one guy who got him.’’
Danks was coming off a six-inning performance against the Miami Marlins last week, his first in more than a year after shoulder surgery. He allowed three runs on four hits but did not get a decision.
Tyler Flowers didn’t work that game but was behind the plate Wednesday.
“He was able to change speeds and drop in some breaking balls,’’ he said. “It just tells you how this game is. I’ve played against Navarro and he’s a solid player.’’
Danks said he felt fine — “When I take the mound it’s because I feel I’m giving us a chance to win. I’m not going to make excuses.
“It’s still a process in getting back,’’ he said. “I felt fine going into the game. I just didn’t pitch well, so go get ’em in Seattle [his next start].’’