Rapid Reaction: Red Sox 6, White Sox 4 (14)
April, 17, 2014
By Doug Padilla
CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox couldn’t hold a late lead Wednesday and lost 6-4 in 14 innings to the Boston Red Sox.
How it happened: With White Sox utility infielder Leury Garcia on the mound in the 14th inning, the Red Sox’s Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a two-run double for the go-ahead run and another for insurance. White Sox pitchers walked 15 batters and hit two more with pitches. The Red Sox used sacrifice flies in the eighth and ninth to force extra innings and another in the 11th to take a brief lead. But Tyler Flowers had an RBI single to keep the contest going. Alexei Ramirez hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning. White Sox starter John Danks walked four but limited the Red Sox to one run on three hits over six innings. Rookie catcher Adrian Nieto, who had never played above the Class A level before this season, had two singles for his first multihit game.
What it means: The bullpen issues continued as relievers were responsible for 11 of the 15 walks. The only thing keeping the White Sox in the game so long was that the Red Sox had only three hits from the seventh to the 13th inning. Daniel Webb worked the longest, throwing 59 pitches. Bullpen strategy didn’t help things as manager Robin Ventura used four pitchers -- Scott Downs, Jake Petricka, Donnie Veal and Maikel Cleto -- in the eighth inning. Instead of using struggling closer Matt Lindstrom to start the ninth inning with the lead, Ventura let Cleto start the inning, and he walked the first two batters. Lindstrom came on to allow just one run but got a blown save in the process.
Outside the box: While guys like Ramirez, Adam Eaton and Jose Abreu have gotten most of the attention for the White Sox’s offensive turnaround, Adam Dunn has quietly gotten off to his own solid start. The left-handed slugger, who is expected to sit Thursday to give Paul Konerko a start as the DH, has five walks in his past two games and is carrying a .553 slugging percentage average after 15 games. He entered the game leading the AL in on-base percentage at .468.
Off beat: There were 504 pitches in a game that lasted 5 hours, 17 minutes.
Up next: The White Sox will send left-hander Chris Sale (3-0, 2.66 ERA) to the mound Thursday against the Red Sox in the series finale. Boston will counter with left-hander Jon Lester (1-2, 2.57) in the 7:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.