All of the Sox affiliates played Wednesday morning and you have to wonder if all the starters aside from Erik Johnson didn’t get enough sleep the night prior.
Erik Johnson had himself a throwback the clock night as the right hander threw seven strong innings of one-run ball. Six hits, one earned run, two walks and nine strikeouts. Johnson has been nudging his way back into picture for the sixth starter spot and if he can string together a few more games like this, it’s hard to not see him return to Chicago.
On the offensive side the outfield got it done as Jason Coats and Trayce Thompson notched two hits and an RBI apiece, Thompson making a strong case to take over as the fourth outfielder in the bigs. Tyler Colvin contributed with a two-run blast and Matt Davidson drove in the other run.
The good news? Eight of the nine starters got hits. The bad news? They could only muster two runs behind the worst start of Tyler Danish‘s life. Danish surrendered seven earned runs (career high) in four innings off of eleven hits and only struck out one batter. This start alone raised Danish’s stellar 2.77 ERA to a not-as-pretty-but-not-bad 3.98. By looking at how Danish has responded to adversity in the past, it can be reasonably expected that he will now throw at least two consecutive perfect games.
The Dash also had a bad night as lefty Jace Fry racked up his sixth loss, though this one wasn’t due to his Jose Quintana-esque bad luck. Fry joined Danish in having his worst professional start ever and allowed five runs on eleven hits through six innings and only struck out two. His ERA of 2.72 jumped all the way to 3.35, so his day could have been worse if you asked Danish.
Meanwhile the hitters were getting no hit until the fifth inning when Omar Narvaez replaced recently promoted Sean O’Connell and got himself a single. Narvaez went 2-2 on the night. Trey Michalczewski went 2-4 as he continues to trend upward.
Thad Lowry was so close. Lowry has given up seven runs twice in his professional career, but never eight. Then the bad mojo slid down the White Sox organization to Lowry and he joined Danish and Fry in a night best forgotten. Lowry gave up eight runs in four innings before giving way to Jacob Morris, who gave up five in 0.2 innings.
The offense was just as lackluster, meekly managing only four hits and two runs.
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