Red Sox offense struggles in 3-1 loss to White Sox

Red Sox offense struggles in 3-1 loss to White Sox
May 21, 2013, 11:30 pm
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CHICAGO -- The memories of April 22, 1993, can stay parked on the shelf. For one more game, anyway.
 
That day more than 20 years ago was the last time the Red Sox were no-hit. The Mariners Chris Bosio was the perpetrator in that game.
 
While the Red Sox did not suffer the indignity of a no-hitter Tuesday night, they lost to the White Sox, 3-1, for the second time in as many days. White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana no-hit the Sox for 6 1/3 innings. In that time, the Sox managed just two base runners -- Daniel Nava with a 12-pitch walk in the second inning, and Jacoby Ellsbury with an eight-pitch walk in the sixth.
 
But with one out in the seventh, David Ortiz’s soft liner into center field off a broken bat fell in for the Sox's first hit of the game. Mike Napoli and Nava followed with consecutive singles, ending Quintana’s outing.
 
Jesse Crain struck out Will Middlebrooks and Stephen Drew to get out of the bases-loaded jam.
 
Meanwhile, Sox left-hander Felix Doubront pitched efficiently. His only blemish a two-out, two-run homer in the fifth from perhaps the least likely member of their lineup. Jeff Keppinger’s two-out, two-run homer, scoring Dayan Viciedo who singled ahead of him, put Chicago up. Keppinger entered the game hitting just .199 with no home runs, the only player in Chicago’s lineup without a homer.
 
Doubront went six innings, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks, with one strikeout and one home run. He threw 85 pitches, 56 strikes. He took the loss, falling to 3-2, as his ERA decreased from 6.03 to 5.61.
 
Doubront was relieved by Alex Wilson. With two outs in the eighth, Wilson allowed a single to Ramirez and a double to Rios, putting Chicago up, 3-1. After walking Paul Konerko, Wilson was replaced by Andrew Miller, who struck out Adam Dunn to end the inning.
 
Quintana (3-2, 3.48) earned the win, going 6 1/3 innings, giving up three hits with two walks and five strikeouts.
 
Addison Reed pitched a scoreless ninth for his 16th save and second of the series.
 
All the White Sox runs in the series so far have come with two outs.
 
STAR OF THE GAME: Jose Quintana
Quintana had a no-hitter for 6 1/3 innings, before David Ortiz’s soft liner on a broken bat into center field fell in for the Red Sox' first hit of the game. Quintana gave up three hits total with two walks and five strikeouts.
 
In two career starts against the Red Sox, he is 1-0 with an ERA of 0.00, pitching 14 1/3 scoreless innings.
 
HONORABLE MENTION: Jeff Keppinger
Keppinger’s first home run of the season gave the White Sox their only two runs of the game, scoring Dayan Viciedo, who singled ahead of him.
 
It was his first home run in 163 at-bats, since Sept. 29, when he hit one off White Sox lefty Chris Sale on Sept. 29, 2012, at U.S. Cellular Field while with the Rays.
 
THE GOAT: Felix Doubront
Doubront pitched efficiently, but his struggles when he gets ahead of batters played into the game. With two outs, he got ahead of Viciedo, 0-and-2 before giving up a single. One pitch later Keppinger hit his first home run of the season.
 
In four May starts, Doubront is 0-2 with a 7.20 ERA, giving up 16 earned runs in 20 innings.
 
THE TURNING POINT
With one out in the eighth inning, Alexei Ramirez’s error, allowing Dustin Pedroia’s groundball to go through his legs, scored Jarrod Saltalamacchia. One pitch later, with runners on first and third, David Ortiz hit into a 3-6-3 double play, ending the inning.
 
BY THE NUMBERS: 2
All nine runs the Red Sox have allowed in the series so far have come with two outs.
 
QUOTE OF NOTE
“Yeah, it’s just a situation that you plan on producing, and it didn’t happen. Come back tomorrow and try to win.” -- David Ortiz, on the Red Sox’ frustrating seventh and eighth innings