Alex Rios' RBI triple off Chris Perez in the 10th inning gave the White Sox a 5-3 win over Cleveland, snapping a three-game skid.
John Danks pitched seven strong innings, but things started to come unraveled in the eighth. He was pulled for Chris Sale -- presumably so Robin Ventura would try to get him a two-inning save -- against whom the Indians tied the game up at 3. Sale didn't pitch the ninth (Hector Santiago did) and then Addison Reed earned his second career save, mowing Cleveland down in the 10th. Reed's success blowing through the heart of the Indians order only raises more questions about Sale's move to the bullpen, which Chicago Tribune Live discussed prior to the game:
The Sox only managed three runs despite another good game from Adam Dunn (2B, 3 BB). That's been a trend this season, and those issues were epitomized by Alexei Ramirez, Dayan Viciedo, Kosuke Fukudome and Brent Morel combining to go 0-14 with just a walk at the back of the order.
David Kaplan examined the White Sox farm system, looking at a few top guys -- he's not too high on Nestor Molina, and if his evaluation is right that won't bode too well for the future of the team.
The BP Crosstown Cup is approaching pretty quickly. A.J. Pierzynski discussed his favorite memory from the series, which led to Wrigley Field being littered with trash:
Around the division: David Glass isn't interested in selling the Royals, Kansas City stormed back against Daniel Bard to beat Boston, Thomas Diamond threw seven shutout innings to help Minnesota beat Los Angeles and Jeff Sullivan wrote about Detroit's infield defense.
Dane Dunning has been nothing but consistent since joining the White Sox organization in the Adam Eaton trade before the 2017 season.
He has performed well at three different levels in the minor leagues and has stayed healthy. That second part is currently in question after he left a start for Double-A Birmingham on Saturday with elbow soreness.
Dunning left in the fourth inning in what was developing into one of his worst starts of the season. He had four strikeouts, but also walked four and gave up two runs (one earned). The four walks matched a season high.
Here is how things went down on his final pitch:
It's too early for a full diagnosis, but Dunning is expected to have an MRI in the next few days. White Sox manager Rick Renteria talked about Dunning's injury before Sunday's game against the Athletics.
"I think everybody considered it a very moderate strain," Renteria said. "Nobody is at this point too concerned. They still have to re-evaluate more. We won’t know more until they get further evaluation and at that point everybody will know where he’s at. Right now he still has to be re-evaluated."
Dunning, 23, began the season at Single-A Winston-Salem where he posted a 2.59 ERA in four starts with 31 strikeouts against three walks in 24 1/3 innings. The Florida product then was promoted to Birmingham where he has a 2.76 ERA. In 11 starts with the Barons, Dunning has 69 strikeouts and 23 walks in 62 innings.
Dunning is one of the top pitching prospects in the White Sox farm system along with Michael Kopech and Alec Hansen.
Chris Kuc contributed to this report.
Tim Anderson turned 24 on Saturday and celebrated the occasion with a bang.
Anderson smashed a three-run home run in the first inning against the A's. It was actually his first swing on his birthday. Anderson took the first two pitches before launching the 1-1 pitch over the right field fence.
That home run, Anderson's 13th of the year, gave the White Sox a 5-0 lead. Things took an ugly turn later in the game with Oakland winning 7-6. Dylan Covey left in the fifth with a hip injury, which manager Rick Renteria said will be evaluated tomorrow to determine the severity of the injury.
Anderson finished 2-for-4 on his birthday. He later added a single, a stolen base and a run in the sixth inning.
Anderon's power surge this year has him on pace to blow past his 17 homers from a year ago. He is four shy of last year's total and has done so in just under half as many plate appearances.