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Saturday, April 26, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Rays 4, White Sox 0

By Doug Padilla


 
CHICAGO – The Chicago White Sox managed just five hits Saturday in a 4-0 defeat to the Tampa Bay Rays.

How it happened: The high-powered White Sox offense was held in check by Rays starter Cesar Ramos and two relievers. Ramos gave up five hits and two walks over five scoreless innings. The White Sox were shut out for just the second time this season, with both coming in the past nine games. John Danks gave up four runs on seven hits with four walks over 5⅔ innings. A day after hitting two home runs, including the game-winning grand slam, the White Sox’s Jose Abreu went 0-for-4.

What it means: Danks threw a career-high 123 pitches. That came a week after Chris Sale threw a career-high 127 pitches before going on the disabled list. Jose Quintana had a 121-pitch outing on April 13. What gives? Manager Robin Ventura seems to be doing all he can to avoid his taxed bullpen, but the entire pitching staff has been its own worst enemy, entering the night with a major league-leading 114 walks.

Outside the box: Paul Konerko seems to have figured out the nuances of his part-time role after starting the season 1-for-18. With singles in his first two at-bats Saturday, Konerko was in a stretch during which he delivered six hits and a walk over nine plate appearances. He then went out and grounded into a double play and struck out to end his night. Ventura suggested that Konerko would be in the lineup again Sunday against Rays starter David Price. Konerko is 10-for-20 against Price in his career with two home runs and seven RBIs.

Off beat: If that guy making his White Sox debut on the mound looked familiar, it’s because he was getting crushed by his new teammates less than a week ago. Hector Noesi came on in the sixth inning two days after he was claimed off waivers. The reason he was on waivers in the first place is because the White Sox tagged him for seven runs in one inning Sunday when Noesi was pitching for the Texas Rangers. This time, he didn't allow a run and gave up just one hit in 1⅓ innings.

Up next: The White Sox will send right-hander Scott Carroll to the mound Sunday to make his major league debut in the third game of the four-game series. The Rays will counter with left-hander Price (3-1, 4.04 ERA) in the 1:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.