Derek Holland allowed the first six Colorado Rockies to reach base and four of them crossed the plate to put this one out of reach early on.
Charlie Blackmon drew the dreaded lead off walk to start the game. D.J. LeMahieu followed with a single and Nolan Arenado brought home Blackmon with a single. Mark Reynolds follwed with a walk, Gerardo Parra hit a grounder to the mound that could have been a potential double play, but it hit Holland and rolled away for the infield single. Trevor Story brought home two more to give the Rockies a four run cushion. The White Sox finally got an out when Raimel Tapia hit a tapper to the mound with men on first and second and Holland made the curious decision to throw to third for the force instead of attempting a 1-6-3 DP. Holland did get the DP from Tony Wolters to mercifully end the inning.
However, it didn’t end the Rockies scoring as the romp was just beginning. They plated two more in the second when Rockies starting pitcher German Marquez led off with a double and came around to score on a two-run dinger by LeMahieu.
Charlie Blackmon tacked on another one in the fourth with a solo shot. Holland was lifted for a pinch hitter in the fifth. He went four innings and gave up seven runs on eight hits, four of which went for extra bases.
The Rockies plated another in the fifth on a Tapia single off of David Holmberg. In the sixth, Nolan Arenado destroyed a Chris Beck offering deep into the left field bleachers for a two-run shot. In the eighth, Arenado added two more on a double off of the returning David Robertson.
Meanwhile, the Sox struggled against Marquez. Todd Frazier led off the second with a double. After taking third on a fly out to center, Omar Narvaez brought him in on a chopper to second. It was Narvaez’ 6th RBI on the season.
From there, the Sox spread out a few singles but couldn’t get anything major going against Marquez until Tim Anderson lifted a long one to center field in the seventh inning. It was Anderson’s 8th long one on the year.
The Sox tacked on another run in the ninth off of Antonio Senzatela when Yolmer Sanchez walked, Narvaez singled and Adam Engel walked to load the bases with nobody out. After a Tim Anderson strike out, Willy Garcia brought home Sanchez with a slow roller to second, but pinch hitter Kevan Smith grounded to the mound to end the game and the disappointing effort.
- Avisail Garcia was scratched from the starting lineup with a sprained finger.
- Jose Abreu had a good day. He had three hits, extended his hitting streak to eight games and began a nifty 3-6-3 double play.
- Derek Holland did more at the dish than on the bump tonight as he notched a single for his second career hit.
Record: 37-48 I Box