Even good starting pitching needs support. And on Friday, John Danks and the White Sox didn’t get enough offense.
Danks went seven innings and allowed two runs, but Ian Kennedy was better and the San Diego Padres snapped the White Sox’s three-game winning streak with a 4-1 win Friday night. Kennedy went six innings, allowing one run while striking out nine to beat the Sox in San Diego’s first visit to U.S Cellular Field since June 2003.
Kennedy was supported by Cameron Maybin’s solo shot off Danks (3-5), and Yonder Alonso’s two-run homer in the eighth off Javy Guerra to give San Diego a 4-1 lead. That was much more offense than the White Sox could muster, as the last of their four hits came to start the fourth.
The White Sox also had a chance to match their season high two games above .500 but instead fell back to 28-28. Even being there was encouraging to manager Robin Ventura.
“I think you’re encouraged because these guys come to compete. They come here to win games. It’s not … I don’t know how much of a feather you put in your cap, just because guys have been hurt, but you do have guys who come in and they fill in and do a good job,” Ventura said. “I think as far as the level of intensity and competitiveness that these
guys have earned to this point, you’re pretty happy with where you’re at, just because of the way the guys fill in and how people fill in around them.”
It was also a reunion for Carlos Quentin. In his first game against the White Sox since his trade following the 2011 season, Quentin was 2 for 5 as San Diego’s designated hitter.
“It will be interesting getting out on the field,” Quentin said before the game. “I’m looking forward to getting this first game under my belt against them. There are a lot of fond memories and a lot of great people here, all of whom has had an impact in my life.”
The White Sox rotation has had a positive impact recently. Entering play Friday, White Sox starters had a 2.14 ERA and had been holding opponents to a .187 average over the last nine games.
Danks, who was coming off eight scoreless innings Saturday against the Yankees, kept that up but it wasn’t enough for the Sox to get a fourth straight win.