Adam Dunn pitched.
What were the circumstances that led to Adam Dunn pitching? Well ...
- The White Sox fell behind 3-0 in the time it took to read "the White Sox fell behind 3-0." John Danks had nothing from the get-go, and was knocked out after giving up four homers over 4⅔ innings. The other numbers in his line were ugly, too (eight hits, nine runs, five walks).
- Colby Lewis was never challenged during his six-hit shutout. He gave up a few deepish fly balls, but only one White Sox reached third base all night, and that was with two outs.
- The bullpen picked up where it left off, failing to post a zero in any of the four innings it pitched. The Rangers batted around for the second time on Andre Rienzo, who allowed four runs via BABIP and a wild-pitch third strike with Adrian Nieto catching.
So that's why Adam Dunn pitched, and the changeup artist had never been cheered that loudly in his entire White Sox career. But even he couldn't escape unscathed, giving up an infield single (originally scored an error on Alexei Ramirez), a walk, and a line-drive single to center to tarnish his ERA.
At least Robin Ventura gave those watching a reason to stick it out until the end. To put a new spin on an old Von Joshua quote, position players pitching proves you can indeed make chicken salad out of chicken poo-poo.
Adam Dunn, scoreboard. pic.twitter.com/UWHfr0DF33— Amanda Kaschube (@amandakaschube) August 6, 2014
*Adam Eaton went 0-for-4, so his hitting streak died at 11 games.
*Maikel Cleto gave up a homer to Shin-Soo Choo in his return to the big leagues, but he retired the other four batters he faced, and one by strikeout. That counts as a successful appearance for a White Sox reliever these days.