They say a rising tide lifts all boats, but John Danks' season is still stuck in a sandbar.
The One Who Doesn't Know How To Win dropped to 0-6 on the season, and this time, he actually deserved the loss. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim punched him in the mouth with three first-inning runs on four singles, then went on to add to their lead in odd-numbered innings.
Danks did not have his good command, and the Angels lineup had its collective line-drive swing going. The result was Danks' shortest outing of the year. He gave up six runs on 10 hits and two intentional walks over five innings.
Meanwhile, Joel Pineiro held the Sox down the way right-handed sinkerballers do. Paul Konerko got him for a solo homer in the second inning, but Pineiro kept the ball on the ground for most of the night, otherwise. He induced 13 grounders, and two of them resulted in double plays.
It's usually a bad sign when the hero of the game is the mop-up guy. Jeff Gray, probably pitching in his last game for a while with Jake Peavy set to return, saved the bullpen from fruitless work with three scoreless innings. He even had to pitch around an error in the eighth, as Brent Morel dropped a routine pop-up. It looked like he didn't track its drift, and it glanced off the side of his glove to put a runner in scoring position. That was Morel's second error of the game, and far harder to defend than his errant throw on a difficult infield-single-to-be.