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Bad inning could cost Kinney bullpen job

Bad inning could cost Kinney bullpen job

Sunday, March 20, 2011
Posted 5:55 p.m. Updated 7:23 p.m.

By Brett Ballantini
CSNChicago.com

GLENDALE, Ariz. On a day when the news on the starting rotation wasnt so good, Gavin Floyd and Josh Kinney turned in pitching efforts that werent too heartening for Chicago White Sox fans.

A comeback staged against former Minnesota Twins reliever Matt Guerrier teased the White Sox with thoughts of leaving Camelback Ranch in brighter spirits, pushing ahead in the seventh against the Los Angeles Dodgers, 7-4, keyed by Gordon Beckhams 3-2, two-out, three-run blast and a deep solo home run by Carlos Quentin to lead off the inning.

But Josh Kinney, one of a few arms left on the White Sox with a legitimate shot at the 12th arm role breaking camp, suffered a full-on meltdown in the eighth, allowing two home runs and five earned runs to shoot his spring ERA from 1.29 to 6.75 and sending L.A. home 9-7 winners.

Floyd had a decent outing in his six innings on Sunday, giving up eight hits and four earned runs.

When you go six, obviously thats the minimum you want to go as a pitcher, Floyd said. You want to go as late as you can. After my next start, it will really feel like youre ready to start the regular season.

Promisingly, he recorded four Ks despite punching out just one batter in his first three spring starts.

If I can get them out, thats all that mattersone way or another, strikeouts will happen, Floyd said. I dont really go for them, but occasionally I do, Im not going to lie. Theyre not a big partthey just happen.

But Matt Kemp provided a big blow against Floyd, clocking a two-run blast deep to left in the sixth. Take spring ERAs for what theyre worth, but Chicago is showing signs of getting out of the gate slowly with their startersthe very problem that dug such a deep hole for the team in 2010once more.

Floyds spring ERA is now 4.91, while Mark Buerhle stands at 5.54, Edwin Jackson at 5.65. Jake Peavy, whose rotator cuff tendinitis could push the start of his season back a turn or two, stands at 4.11. The only starter so far worthy of any leagues best rotation laurels has been the spot-on John Danks, at 1.65.

Brett Ballantini is CSNChicago.com's White Sox Insider. Follow him @CSNChi_Beatnik on Twitter for up-to-the-minute White Sox information.

Michael Kopech electric in start vs. Pawtucket

Michael Kopech electric in start vs. Pawtucket

The Charlotte Knights took on the Pawtucket Red Sox on Thursday night in a high-profile minor league game due to White Sox No. 2 prospect Michael Kopech being on the mound. 

Kopech, the 22-yearold old flame throwing right-hander, has been collecting impressive strikeout totals but has struggled with his control. He had issued 15 walks over his last five starts, and prior to Thursday's game his ERA was 4.48. But Kopech shined in all facets against Pawtucket.

In six innings of work, Kopech allowed one earned run on seven hits, and had nine strikeouts. But the most important part of his game was that fact that he only issued one walk in the start.

Prior to Thursday's game, Kopech had 122 strikeouts and 57 walks over 88.1 innings pitched. If he continues to cut down his walks he will become a very efficient pitcher in the future. 

But the performance is important in the context of the White Sox losing season, as a lack of control is perhaps the last thing holding Kopech back from being able to make his major league debut.

 

Lucas Giolito has some fun with the not so dark side of his Twitter history

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Lucas Giolito has some fun with the not so dark side of his Twitter history

White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito isn't having a great season, but at least it looks like his Twitter account could pass a background check.

A Twitter user dug through some of Giolito's tweets from his teenage years. He didn't find much in the way of hateful, mean or angry tweets. Instead, he found candy, touch tanks at the aquarium and animated movies.

The tweet got plenty of attention on the platform, leading Giolito to comment on it. Giolito took the joke with a good sense of humor and made a joke at his own expense.

This kind of makes you wonder what else would qualify as Giolito's "dark side." Maybe this will spawn a series of Lucas Giolito facts like the very tame version of Chuck Norris or The Most Interesting Man in the World.