The Chicago White Sox were in a difficult spot on Wednesday.
Not that their 10-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox was inevitable, but that’s what happens sometimes when you’re in a bind like the type of situation the White Sox were forced to confront on Wednesday.
Because of injuries in the starting rotation and reshuffling of pitchers, the White Sox called up Pedro Hernandez to start for them on Wednesday. Not only was Hernandez making his major league debut earlier than the White Sox probably would have liked in his career, he was also asked to do so in historic Fenway Park against a above-average lineup.
The situation certainly could have gone in Hernandez’s favor and allowed for him to experience a fairytale beginning to his career. That didn’t happen, though.
Hernandez was knocked around like a pinball by the Red Sox’s lineup, especially Cody Ross, who had two three-run homers. By the time White Sox manager Robin Ventura came to get Hernandez in the fifth inning, he had allowed 12 hits, three home runs and eight runs.
“It’s just one of those days,” Ventura said afterward. “He’s got good stuff, though. You see pieces of it there, pitches he’s making in other counts, others batters. He’ll grow from it and learn.”
Hernandez will do that learning in Triple-A as he was sent back down to Charlotte after the game. Outside of a keepsake ball from his first pitch, Hernandez won’t have much to fondly remember Wednesday by, but he has tasted the majors now.
The positive for the White Sox is they should be able to avoid another predicament like this unless another injury occurs.
The White Sox’s starting rotation should start resembling what they’ll take into battle for the American League Central over the next few months.
Jose Quintana will start against the Red Sox on Thursday. Chris Sale will match up against the Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander on Friday. Jake Peavy will start on Saturday and Philip Humber will start on Sunday.
The one uncertainty is still the fifth starter. Ventura could go with Dylan Axelrod or Gavin Floyd when the White Sox return home on Monday. Ventura has said he’d like to utilize Axelrod as his long reliever and spot starter. Floyd could come off the disabled list on Monday if he’s healthy enough.