It seems like his first start against the Sox, in which he gave up five runs in just six innings was a fluke for James Shields.
At least that’s what it looked like on Tuesday evening. The Sox, in the midst of a horrific losing skid, dropped another to the suddenly hot hitting Tampa Bay Rays, 2-1. James Sheilds threw his first complete game since 2008, holding the Sox to just four hits and a walk on the night, while also striking out nine.
John Danks pitched well enough for the win, but was outdueled by Shields. Danks threw a solid seven innings, giving up two runs on seven hits, while striking out five. It was Danks’ third quality start in his last four trips to the mound, but he still finds himself winless on the season.
Most of the Sox struggles appear to be coming from the offense, which has been slumping in the face of excellent opposing pitching. Adam Dunn had another rough night at the plate, striking out three times. Since he returned to play, Dunn has just two hits in 23 tries, with fourteen strikeouts.
The Rays and the White Sox will play the third game of their four game series in Tampa Bay on Wednesday. First pitch will be at 5:40 P.M., CDT.