Rapid Reaction: Orioles 10, Sox 4
April, 16, 2012
By Bruce Levine
A quick look at the Chicago White Sox's 10-4 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Monday at U.S. Cellular Field.
How it happened: The Orioles scored twice in the ninth to tie the game as White Sox closer Hector Santiago allowed homers to Adam Jones and Nolan Reimold. Then the Orioles finished their comeback by posting six more runs in the 10th against Zach Stewart, capped by a grand slam by Matt Wieters. The Sox staked starter Phil Humber to an early lead in the second inning on A.J. Pierzynski's third home run of the season. The Sox catcher has made a nice career of beating up Orioles pitching, coming into the game with a .329 batting average against Baltimore. Humber, making his first start of the season, gave up a run in the fourth inning on Mark Reynolds’ RBI double before stranding the bases loaded for the second straight inning. Humber went 5 1/3 innings, throwing 115 pitches and earning a no-decision. Hot-hitting Paul Konerko drove in two runs with a double in the sixth.
What it means: Despite the relievers’ struggles on Monday, the White Sox’s starting pitching continued to be outstanding. The Sox have given up three runs or less in seven of their nine starts.
Outside the box: Batting practice pitcher Kevin Hickey was transported from a Dallas hospital to Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center on Saturday. Hickey was found unresponsive in his hotel room on April 5 by hotel personnel. He has shown some signs of movement, but remains unresponsive.
Up next: Sox left-hander John Danks (1 -1, 5.40) will make his third start of the young season against Orioles left-hander Wei –Yin Chen (0-0, 3.18 ) on Tuesday night.