The Chicago White Sox defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 10-7. They pounded out six home runs, which was their only means of runs. The White Sox continue to play terrible baseball. Today's game elucidated the problems that have consistently plagued the White Sox.
It wasn't all ugly today. There were some performers who broke out of slumps. The first was Jermaine Dye. He is nursing a calf injury and has been in a major slump (.188 avg/1 RBI over five games). Dye went 2-for-3 with a double and key two-run homer.
The second key performer was Josh Fields. The White Sox still need to find a place for him, especially if Carlos Quentin comes back after the All-Star break. Fields might have been playing for his job, going 3-for-4 with two homers and three RBI.
The third key performer was Paul Konerko. He is still nursing a thumb injury, and was relegated to the Designated Hitter role. It seemed to work out, as he went 2-for-3 with a homer.
Gavin Floyd also pitched well. He only yielded one earned run, with three hits, three strikeouts, and two walks. Floyd earned the W and his ERA dropped 0.20 points. Bobby Jenks was also brilliant, getting the save on eight pitches.
Scott Podsednik had one of his worst performances of the year. He went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts. He didn't touch base once. Gordon Beckham also struggled, going 0-for-4.
Brian Anderson was embarrassing. The White Sox could have blown the game wide open in the first inning. It was bases loaded with one out. Anderson proceeded to ground into a double play. He looked at nine total pitches in four at-bats; talk about impatience.
Defense continues to present a problem for the White Sox. Gordon Beckham committed already his fourth error on the season, allowing a run to score instead of a double play.
AJ Pierzysnki allowed a passed ball, which allowed another run to score. Alexei Ramirez also committed an error on a line drive, which allowed the second of two unearned runs to score. The White Sox have now committed ten errors in the past seven games.
The bullpen was the second ugly problem. It was so reliable at the beginning of the year, and now that the starting pitching has improved, the bullpen has struggled. DJ Carrasco yielded an earned run on one inning.
Jimmy Gobble yielded three earned runs, on two hits. Gobble continues to be unreliable. He's trash from the Royals that the White Sox should have never picked up.