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Drew Hutchison throws a 96-pitch shutout for ugly start to road trip

Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

Drew Hutchison entered this game with a 6.06 ERA.

He threw a Maddux.

This better be the nadir for the White Sox offense, because I don't have the imagination to picture worse.

Hutchison needed just 96 pitches to cut through the White Sox lineup, as he allowed just four singles, and no walks. More impressively, he limited the Sox to just one at-bat with a runner in scoring position (they were 0-for-1), and that came in the first inning. He retired the last 11 batters he faced and 17 of the last 18, with Emilio Bonifacio's bunt single the only blemish on that particular stretch.

I'd like to say that Hutchison was overpowering, but the Sox were late on 91-93 mph fastballs. They did not pull a single ball in the air. (Correction: Jose Abreu did with a shallow flyout in the eighth.)

As for the White Sox' pitching ... whatever. Making a spot start, Hector Noesi gave up four runs in the first inning, but Alexei Ramirez contributed to that. With runners on first and second and nobody out, Edwin Encarnacion hit a pretty simple 4-6-3 ball. But Ramirez decided to pirouette on the turn, even though the runner wasn't close to taking him out, and he ended up stepping around second base, and the Sox only recorded one out instead of two.

Russell Martin grounded out for the second out, but Chris Colabello took advantage of the extra opportunity by singling home two runs, and Justin Smoak drove in two more with a homer. Noesi isn't that good to assume he would've escaped the inning with zero runs, but he probably wouldn't have given up four if Ramirez touched second.

Then Noesi gave up a fifth run when Josh Donaldson hit a mammoth blast just right of center on a grooved fastball in the second inning.

Yet Noesi lasted seven innings somehow without allowing another run, so he ultimately did his job, which was to spare the bullpen at the start of a stretch of eight games in seven days. He left just one inning of work for Scott Carroll, who gave up a run with more help from Ramirez, who bobbled a potential 6-4-3 grounder and had to resort to a backhand flip to second for one. Donaldson screened him on the play, but still.

Gordon Beckham provided the only real highlights of the game with a pair of nice diving plays to his left, one of which started a 5-4-3 double play. On the flipside, Avisail Garcia left the game after his second-inning single, as he reaggravated his knee.

Record: 19-23 | Box score | Play-by-play | Highlights