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Best White Sox arm tonight? B-Ruth

Three Chicago pitchers see action; all get hit

Golden arm: This AFL season, Rutherford has struggled in every category but hitting triples and gunning down runners.
Sean Williams/South Side Sox

Salt River Rafters 6, Glendale Desert Dogs 2

Gavin Sheets (1b) 2-for-4, RBI (5), 2B (4), K (.250 BA, .624 OPS)
Micker Adolfo (rf) 1-for-4, HR (3), RBI (4), R, 2 K (.206 BA, .796 OPS)
Blake Rutherford (cf) 0-for-4, K, assist to 3B (.159 BA, .646 OPS)
Bernardo Flores (sp) 5 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 6 K, HR, HB, L (1-3), 69 pitches/50 strikes (6.75 ERA)
Tyler Johnson (rp, 6th) IP, H, ER, HR, 12 pitches/7 strikes (1.42 ERA)
Bennett Sousa (rp, 7th) IP, H, ER, 10 pitches/8 strikes (9.53 ERA)

Last night, with some relief, it was noted that the White Sox avoided placing any pitchers in harm’s way, as Salt River amassed 10 runs in the early frames. But we weren’t so lucky this time around.

Sure, the loss wasn’t so dramatic and weird on Wednesday night, but this time the South Side took the brunt of the damage. Flores continued an ineffective AFL, getting his third loss in four tries and swelling his ERA to 6.75. Johnson, in likely his last appearance before Saturday’s AFL Fall Stars Game, failed to keep his ERA untouched, surrendering a two-out solo shot to Jake McCarthy. Have you no sense of decency, sir?

Sousa came on for the seventh — yep, South Siders took seven of eight Desert Dogs innings tonight — and while throwing just two balls out of the strike zone, still gave up a run, after a double-comebacker-sac fly.

On the offensive side, well, things were more or less offensive. Adolfo salvaged a rough game with a two-out solo shot in the ninth, closing the gap to, er, 6-2. Rutherford is now below the Mendoza line, but I believe now has as many outfield assists (three) as triples this season, so that’s something. Sheets qualifies as white-hot among White Sox prospects (and to be fair, the whole of this horrid Glendale team), shooting his average up to .250 with a two-hit night.

The Dogs head up the highway to Peoria for a matinee tomorrow, and perhaps the sunshine will do them some good, because 5-12 just ain’t hacking it.