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Here’s a quick look at the Chicago White Sox’s loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night.
How it happened: Cy Young candidate Chris Sale lasted just four innings, allowing four runs on six hits and four walks in his worst start of the year. Sale needed 75 pitches to get through this four innings. It was unclear if he was pulled for anything other than precautionary reasons. While Sale labored, Orioles starter Chris Tillman looked to be operating on cruise control. Tillman allowed just one hit – a fifth inning infield single to Dayan Viciedo – over seven innings of work. Philip Humber came on for Sale in the fifth inning and allowed two runs over four innings.
What it means: Pending Tuesday’s results in Detroit, the White Sox’s division lead now stands at 1.5 games. More alarming is Sale’s subpar start. The White Sox are going to need him to be in Cy Young form to make a playoff push.
Outside the box: How bad were the White Sox at the plate? Their only two hits were infield singles – Viciedo’s and Adam Dunn’s dribbler down the third-base line in the ninth.
What’s next: Dylan Axelrod will make a spot start for the injured Gavin Floyd against Baltimore’s Joe Saunders.