Rapid Reaction: Dodgers 2, Sox 1
June, 17, 2012
A quick look at the Chicago White Sox's 2-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday in Los Angeles.
How it happened: White Sox starter Jose Quintana threw eight innings of shutout ball, but the bullpen couldn’t hold on. Addison Reed blew his first save of the seasaon, giving up the tying run in the ninth on a leadoff single to pinch-hitter Bobby Abreu, a single to Elian Herrera and a sacrifice fly by Juan Rivera. With Matt Thornton pitching the 10th , Tony Gwynn tripled to left on a ball that Jordan Danks misplayed. Three batters later, Dee Gordon drove home Gwynn with a two-out hit. Quintana allowed just five hits while striking out six. Dayan Viciedo's single to center scored Brent Lillibridge to give the Sox the lead in the sixth. The Dodgers appeared to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth when Herrera hit a sacrifice fly to right to score Matt Treanor, but the run was overturned when the umpires ruled Treanor had left third base early. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was ejected by third base umpire Jerry Meals for arguing the call.
What it means: While several Sox starters are struggling, Quintana continues to surprise as a fill-in for the injured John Danks. The Sox lost the series against the Dodgers and remain 1.5 games ahead of the Indians in the AL Central.
Outside the box: The White Sox haven’t won consecutive games since their nine-game winning streak ended on June 2. They are 5-9 since that date.
Up next: The Crosstown Classic continues as Zach Stewart (1-1, 5.18) takes on the Chicago Cubs and Matt Garza (2-5. 4.04) at U.S. Cellular Field on Monday. Game time is 7:10 CT.