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.