Monday, August 18, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Orioles 8, White Sox 2
By Sahadev Sharma Special to ESPNChicago.com
CHICAGO -- The Baltimore Orioles pulled away for an 8-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Monday night in the opener of a three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field. A quick look:
How it happened:J.J. Hardy opened the scoring with a solo home run to lead off the second inning off Sox ace Chris Sale. Sale allowed another run in the fifth when Steve Pearce lined a double just out of the reach of a diving Jordan Danks, allowing Nick Markakis to come around to score from first. Nelson Cruz extended Baltimore's lead with a solo shot in the sixth. Avisail Garcia came up with a big two-out, two-run single to cut the deficit to just a run, at 3-2, in the seventh. Conor Gillaspie followed with a deep drive to right field that appeared to be heading over the fence, but Markakis made a leaping catch at the wall to end the White Sox threat.
The Orioles pounced on the White Sox's bullpen in the eighth after making two quick outs, loading the bases for Jonathan Schoop, who doubled in three. Markakis followed a two-run shot, extending the lead to 8-2.
What it means: Sale gave up three or more runs for just the sixth time in 20 starts this season and allowed multiple home runs in a game for the first time since Sept. 15, 2013. Despite not looking his best, Sale still delivered a quality start and gave his team a chance for the victory. And though the offense did make some noise, the bullpen once again struggled, giving up five runs, all with two outs, in the eighth as the Orioles put the game out of reach.
Outside the box:Adam Eaton, who has been on the disabled list since Aug. 9 with a right oblique strain, hopes to return Sunday when he's eligible. Eaton took swings and played catch Monday. Sox manager Robin Ventura expects that the outfielder will make a rehab stint, possibly a short one, before returning to the team.
Up next: Jose Quintana (6-9, 3.14 ERA) takes the mound against the Orioles in Game 2 of the three-game set. Chris Tillman (9-5, 3.68) is scheduled for Baltimore in the 7:10 CT start Tuesday night.