Rapid Reaction: Dodgers 7, White Sox 6
June, 16, 2012
Here's a quick look at the Chicago White Sox's 7-6 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday:
HOW IT HAPPENED: A matchup of two of the game's best young left-handed starters in Chris Sale and Clayton Kershaw got off to a shaky start for each. Adam Dunn continued his brilliance against Kershaw (7 for 11 with three homers and two doubles heading into the game) with a two-run home run in the first inning for a 2-0 White Sox lead. The Dodgers got to Sale in the first as well when Elian Herrera doubled home Dee Gordon. But the White Sox came back for more, scoring runs in four of the first five inning against Kershaw. Alex Rios' sixth home run of the season gave the Sox a 5-1 lead in the fifth inning. But the Dodgers put together a five-run sixth inning, chasing Sale after Juan Uribe's double scored Jerry Hairston Jr., and Ivan DeJesus Jr. delivered a pinch-hit RBI single to cut the lead to 5-3. Jesse Crain couldn't stem the tide, allowing three more runs to score for a 6-5 deficit. But Rios delivered another home run in the eighth inning to tie it at 6-6. Matt Thornton couldn't hold the Dodgers in the eighth, throwing a wild pitch that scored James Loney with the eventual winning run.
WHAT IT MEANS: The Sox have dropped eight of 12 since winning nine in a row. Rios was a bright spot for the Sox, hitting the ball hard in each at-bat with two leaving the park. He now has seven home runs on the season.
WHAT'S NEXT: The first-place teams continue their series at 9:10 p.m. CT Saturday. Philip Humber (2-4, 5.92 ERA) will be opposed by the Dodgers' Chad Billingsley (4-4, 3.57 ERA).