The White Sox lost to the Rays 5-2. They were completely shut down by Erasmo Ramirez, who needed just 66 pitches to get through five and two-third scoreless innings.
John Danks pitched like John Danks, struggling through six and a third and allowing five runs on three walks and six hits, two of which left the yard. Danks’ performance brought his season total to 12 runs in just 11.2 innings versus 17 runs by all other Sox pitchers in 85.2 innings. Two of the Sox three losses have now come on days Danks has pitched. The Sox have scored a total of three runs in Danks’ two starts.
As awful as Saturday’s game was, the Sox are still 8-3. Thanks to a Kansas City loss, they are still tied for first in the AL Central. Ugly games happen to even the best of teams, and this was certainly that. It’s OK. Jose Quintana is on the mound in Sunday’s rubber match, which should be a lot more aesthetically pleasing than watching John Danks pitch.
Boy it’d be nice if they could score some runs, though.