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Sox Anemic Offense Can't Close Gap Late

Edwin Jackson’s start on Friday night for the White Sox wasn’t a terrible one. Though his four earned runs over 6.2 innings pitched on eight hits was by no means a stealler trip to the mound, it would be a winnable game for most teams. Except for those games when the guy on the other side throws nine complete innings of one run baseball.

Unfortunately for Sox fans, that’s exactly what happened on Friday night in the desert. And the pitcher who accomplished this was none other than Daniel Hudson — the former prospect of the White Sox who was traded to Arizona last year for Jackson.

Hudson was pretty much unhittable on the night, giving up just three hits and one walk over those nine innings. His only mistake came in the very top of the seventh inning when Paul Konerko blasted his seventeenth homer of the season. That would pull the Sox to within one run, but the Diamondbacks managed to get it all back in the bottom of the inning.

After getting two outs and giving up a double to Ryan Roberts, Edwin Jackson gave up another RBI double to, of all people, Daniel Hudson. He was lifted from the game but Chris Sale wasn’t that much better, letting the first batter he faced also double in a run. By the time the inning was over, the score was 4-1, and the White Sox anemic offense simply couldn’t catch up.

The two teams will play the second game of the interleague series on Saturday afternoon in Arizona. First pitch will be at 3:10 P.M., CDT.