In what might be his last start with the Chicago White Sox before demoted to the bullpen, Mike Pelfrey allowed three home run’s as the Boston Red Sox won, 6-3.
Trouble started in the first inning. With one out, Eduardo Nunez hit his 8th homer of the season to put Boston ahead, 1-0. Two batters later, Chris Young socked his 6th home run of the season to push the lead 2-0.
The afternoon could have tumbled after the first frame, but instead the White Sox took the lead after scoring three off pitcher Doug Fister in the second. Nicky Delmonico started it off with a bunt single to beat the shift and Tyler Saladino hit his sixth double off the green monster to put runners in scoring position with no outs. Yolmer Sanchez pushed Delmonico across home plate with his single to left and Tim Anderson had an opportunity to tie the game with runners on the corners.
On a pitch down and away, Anderson flicked to right field to score Saladino and tie it up 2-2. Omar Narvaez would move the runners 90 feet further with a 4-3 ground out for the first out. Alen Hanson hit a shallow fly ball to right field that Chris Young made a good play on but stumbled while running in for the ball. A heads up tag by Yolmer Sanchez made it difficult for Young to get a good throw in and Hanson gets credit for the RBI and put the White Sox ahead, 3-2.
Just like the night before when Anderson hit a lead-off homer, the White Sox offense couldn’t generate any more runs for the afternoon. That meant Pelfrey and the pitching staff would have to find a way to hold on to a one-run lead. By the third inning, that cushion was gone as Young hit a RBI double off the Green Monster. To note, it was a good defensive play by Tim Anderson who fielded the bounce after Nicky Delmonico struggled to get in to position to field it. Anderson’s quick throw to the infield caught Young between second and third as he was eventually tagged out to end the inning.
Having already hit a home run and a double off Pelfrey, manager Rick Renteria decided that the third would be the charm against Young. With two outs and a runner on second, Renteria called for the intentional walk to Andrew Benintendi. That decision backfired when Young hit his second home run of the day with a three-run shot to make it 6-3. On the day, Young was 3-for-4 with two homers, a double, and five RBI.
Yoan Moncada had another multi-hit game, finishing the day 2-for-4 with both hits being singles. His batting average is now .173.
The White Sox are now on pace to only win 61 games in 2017.
Record: 41-68 | Box Score