My attention was divided between this game and the first two draft picks (Jake Burger and Gavin Sheets, if you missed them), so here’s the bullet-point recap. As always, let me know if there are any details I missed.
*After knocking Wade Miley out of the game in the first inning the first time they saw him with back-to-back line drives, Yolmer Sanchez stung him with a comebacker in the second inning.
*The Sox also punished Miley in a more figurative sense this time. Kevan Smith hit his first MLB homer with a two-run shot in the second. In the third, Miley failed to retire five of the first six batters, and he headed to the dugout after just seven outs.
*Avisail Garcia struck the two biggest blows of the evening. He roped a double off the wall just right of center in the second with two runners on. Adam Jones then overthrew the cutoff man, allowing trailing runner Jose Abreu to score. Matt Davidson sent Miley packing with a single through the left side that scored Garcia.
*Then, after the Orioles touched up Mike Pelfrey for two runs in the top of the fourth to get back into the game, Garcia recovered the two runs by bouncing a single through the middle with runners on second and third. Garcia went 2-for-5 with three RBIs (Abreu was said to have scored on Jones’ throwing error).
*Pelfrey couldn’t get out of the fourth inning, but he was kinda lucky to even get through three. He allowed 12 baserunners (six hits, five walks, one HBP) through 32⁄3 innings, but limited the damage to a pair of runs thanks to double plays in each of the first three innings. It also helped that Chris Davis hit one a little toward the end of his bat after Pelfrey issued a pair of two-out walks in the third. Garcia was able to flag it down in front of the warning track in right center.
*Pelfrey left runners on first and third with two outs and Manny Machado at the plate for Jake Petricka. Petricka was able to pull the string with a full-count changeup for a strikeout, then came back to pitch two more scoreless innings. It was a nice rebound from his ugly return outing on Friday.
*The Sox were able to reach the double digits with a couple of single tallies. In the fifth, Willy Garcia “tripled” when Seth Smith lost Garcia’s soft liner to right field in the lights, then came around to score on a sac fly by Kevan Smith. Two innings later, Davidson turned on an inner-half Miguel Castro fastball for a solo homer.
*The Orioles posted some runs late, which didn’t really threaten the White Sox’ lead, but did make them dip into the back end of their bullpen. Gregory Infante pitched a 1-2-3 seventh, only to give up a double, single, single and homer to start the eighth, narrowing a 10-2 game to within a slam. When Juan Minaya issued a two-out walk to bring Jones to the plate, Rick Renteria countered with Anthony Swarzak, who ended the inning with a strikeout.
*The Orioles then mounted enough of a rally to get David Robertson loosening up in the bullpen, but Jonathan Schoop was thrown out at second by Melky Cabrera trying to stretch an RBI single into an RBI double for some reason, even though he wasn’t close to representing the tying run. The TOOTBLAN ended the game and extended the Orioles’ misery. They’re now down to .500 after their fifth consecutive loss, while the White Sox were able to get rid of the aftertaste of a 2-7 road trip.