Weird second inning ruins Sox lefty John Danks’ outing

Written By BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Staff Reporter Posted: 09/12/2014, 06:31am

SEATTLE — One funky inning, the second, cost John Danks in the White Sox’ 4-2 loss Sunday to the Mariners. He was better than he has been recently but not quite good enough to get the Sox a split of the four-game series.

“I thought he threw the ball extremely well,’’ said catcher Tyler Flowers, who hit his ninth homer leading off the eighth inning. “It’s almost hard to believe everything that happened in that inning. It wasn’t that bad of a pitch to Austin Jackson; it maybe could’ve been a little more outside. But you kind of tip your hat on that one. The events of that inning were crazy.’’

After two outs, Logan Morrison lined a single off the right-field wall, Chris Taylor dribbled an infield hit toward second baseman Gordon Beckham that was barely out of Danks’ reach and Jesus Sucre rolled a dribbler that third baseman Conor Gillaspie unsuccessfully tried to barehand.

Jackson then lined a three-run double into the left-field corner. Jackson, who was 3-for-4, is 21-for-48 against Danks. He added an RBI single in the seventh on Danks’ 108th and final pitch.

“I thought about taking my glove off and firing one in there right-handed just to give [Jackson] another look,’’ Danks said.

On the plus side, “This is the best cutter I’ve probably had since before I had surgery [two years ago],” Danks said. “Definitely some silver lining. Unfortunately, we are not in rookie ball. It’s all about winning ballgames.’’

Gillaspie’s two-out RBI single against Fernando Rodney in the ninth put the tying run on base, but Rodney fanned Jordan Danks (2-for-4), making his first start since his call-up Saturday, on three pitches with the bases loaded.

Lindstrom going to Frisco

Matt Lindstrom (left ankle), who has been on the disabled list since May 20, will be activated when the Sox open a two-game series in San Francisco after the day off Monday. Eric Surkamp was optioned to Class AAA Charlotte, leaving no lefties in the bullpen.

“You can have a lefty down there just to have a lefty, or you go with guys who are doing it,’’ manager Robin Ventura said.

Q moved up, Carroll skipped

The day off allows the Sox to move Jose Quintana up in the rotation to Wednesday against the Giants. Scott Carroll will be skipped.

“Everybody will probably stay in line, just skip [Carroll’s] start this time through, and he’ll be back at some point probably during the weekend when we get home,’’ said Ventura, who cited Carroll’s blister issue as a reason for passing him over.

Not quite a drought

With 31 homers, Jose Abreu still leads Nelson Cruz (30) for the major-league lead, but he hasn’t homered since July 29 against Joakim Soria in Detroit and has two since the All-Star break.

Abreu was 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.

He was “rested” from playing the field a second consecutive day and was the designated hitter.


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