Rapid Reaction: Orioles 4, White Sox 2
July, 3, 2013
By Doug Padilla | ESPNChicago.com
CHICAGO -- With a 4-2 defeat Wednesday to the Baltimore Orioles, the Chicago White Sox fell to 2-6 during their current nine-game homestand.
How it happened: The Orioles’ Chris Davis continues to roll along, with a go-ahead two-run double in the eighth inning after hitting a home run in the fourth. Davis leads the major leagues with 32 home runs. Gordon Beckham hit a game-tying home run in the fifth inning, his first since Sept. 18 of last season. White Sox starter Hector Santiago worked out of a first-inning jam to give up two runs on five hits over seven innings. Scott Feldman, who was making his first start with the Orioles after being traded from the Cubs this week, gave up two runs on six hits over six innings.
What it means: After just one day on the disabled list, the shoulder strain to Jesse Crain already appeared to be costly. Matt Lindstrom pitched in the spot that likely would have gone to Crain and saw two of the three batters he faced reach base. Matt Thornton came on to give up the two-run double, with both runs charged to Lindstrom. The right-hander Lindstrom had entered with a 0.59 ERA over his previous 18 appearances and on Sunday saw the end of a 17-appearance stretch in which he didn’t give up an earned run.
Outside the box: Before giving up a two-run double on his first pitch of the game, Thornton had been solid since the start of June. Thornton entered with six consecutive scoreless appearances and had a 1.80 ERA with 13 strikeouts over his previous 13 games before Wednesday. In that stretch of 13 games, Thornton had inherited 11 runners while allowing two to score, the same he let score with his first pitch Wednesday.
Offbeat: As the Stanley Cup made an appearance at U.S. Cellular Field, stationed in front of the White Sox dugout before the game, an unexpected visitor approached. Orioles left-hander T.J. McFarland crashed the party to take a photo. The apparent Blackhawks fan, who didn’t want to miss a chance at a fleeting second with the Cup, is a native of nearby Palos Hills, Ill. Patrick Sharp and Brandon Bolling were on hand for the Blackhawks.
Up next: The White Sox will send left-hander Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.97 ERA) to the mound Thursday in the finale of the three-game series with the Orioles. He will be opposed by left-hander Zach Britton (2-2, 4.50) in the 1:10 p.m. CT start from U.S. Cellular Field.