Jose Contreras Returns Just Long Enough to Say Goodbye For the Year
The White Sox had been anxiously awaiting the return of starter Jose Contreras after the Clayton Richard experiment had gone severely awry. However, just as quickly as he came off of the DL, Jose found himself out for the season with a ruptured Achilles.
The unfortunate event struck in the second inning, as Jose went to field a ground ball hit towards first base. Nick Swisher fielded the ball, but gave a wild throw back to Contreras, who couldn't reach the toss, causing the injury. Contreras had given up three hits in 1.2 innings, but hadn't allowed a run to cross home plate. He struck out two in his short appearance.
D.J. Carrasco followed his starter in fine fashion, and has truly started to cement himself into place as the White Sox reliable long distance reliever. He pitched 4.1 innings of relief, giving up just three hits, and picking up one earned run, while striking out four. However, while his strong performance kept the White Sox in the game, it wasn't enough to stop what would happen next.
Boone Logan came in after Carrasco, and was unable to record a single out. He picked up four runs, all earned, on four hits, and walked one. His ERA plunged from the poor outing, and he was removed, after more than a few unkind words from Ozzie Guillen.
Adam Russell came on to finish off the game for the South Siders, giving up four hits as well, but only allowed one earned run to cross the plate. Jim Thome put up a solo home run in the ninth inning, but the game was out of reach.
The White Sox suffered two heavy losses on Saturday night, losing a starter who appeared to have regained his form, and the first place position in the AL Central. They look to reclaim first place on Sunday behind Gavin Floyd.
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