Humber Allows Only Two, But Still Can't Win As Sox Lose To O's 6-2

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Alexei's Three Hits Almost The Only Life Shown By Offense

Once again a good White Sox starter’s performance was spoiled. Philip Humber pitched a great game, but was denied a win by a lackluster offense and implosion by the bullpen.

Humber’s line on the night, seven innings pitched and two allowed on just three hits doesn’t reflect just how dominant he was after some early hiccups. Though Baltimore got runs in the first and third, Humber retired 10-of-11 at one point in the game.

Chris Tillman had one of his better starts of the season for the O’s, but still only pitched five innings, giving up one run on six hits and two walks. Though the Sox managed to get hits off of Tillman, they couldn’t seem to get the runners home when it counted the most. On the night, the team was 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position, leaving sixteen on base over the night total.

Besides the anemic offense, Humber can thank his bullpen for the loss he earned on the evening. Matt Thornton managed to pitch just 0.1 innings, but gave up four runs (three earned) in the process, effectively putting the game away in the eighth.

The Sox will play the third game of the four game set against the O’s on Sunday, as they hope that the flip of the calendar brings better times for the team. First pitch will be at 1:10 P.M., CDT.

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Humber Tries To Continue Hot Streak Against Orioles

With the exception of his start on April 20th against Tampa Bay, Phil Humber has gone to the mound four times and given up fewer than two earned runs four times. He'll try to continue that roll tonight at the Cell against the Baltimore Orioles as the White Sox look for a rebound win.

Humber is currently 2-2 with a 3.20 ERA and 1.07 WHIP, and is one of the lone bright spots in what has been a rather dismal month for the Sox. In his career against the O's, Humber has pitched in four games, where he's tallied a 3.18 ERA and 1.59 WHIP. Few of the current O's have faced him, though Nick Markakis is 1-for-2.

Taking the hill for Baltimore this evening will be Chris Tillman.Tillman is off to a rocky 2011 season, going 0-2 with a 6.16 ERA and 1.42 WHIP. In his career against the White Sox, he's 0-1 with a 7.04 ERA and 1.70 WHIP. Alex Rios has hit him well in limited action, going 1-for-3 with a home run.

The weather in Chicago tonight is forecast to be cloudy with a low in the low-60s, and scattered thunderstorms. First pitch is at 6:10 P.M., CDT, and the game will be televised on WGN and MASN 2 HD.

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