Originally posted on Grab Some Bench  |  Last updated 4/15/13
After ending their losing streak on Sunday afternoon, the White Sox weren't able to get a winning streak started on Monday, as Mark Buehlre and the Toronto Blue Jays were just a bit too much for the pale hose. BUEHRLE V. FLOYD Early on, it looked like both guys were going to get roughed up. However, in typical Mark Buehrle fashion, he rebounded and was able to get through 6.1 innings with one of his vintage stat lines: nine hits, two runs, two walks, three strikeouts. Floyd, on the other hand, had yet another rough outing, not even lasting though the fifth inning. After looking pretty sharp in Spring Training, Floyd’s command has just not been there this season, as he gave up another nine hits tonight with none of them really being cheapies. STINKY FLOWERS After a good start to the season against the Royals, Tyler Flowers has been brutal. Today’s game was a microcosm of that with two awful at-bats. Flowers elected to swing at a 3-0 pitch in the top of the sixth, which he popped up to end the inning (unclear as to whether or not Tyler had a take sign there and swung through it, I guess we’ll never know). In the eighth with a tying run on third base, he struck out on three pitches. Should Robin have hit someone else in that situation for Flowers? Possibly, but it is still very early in the season, and I can understand letting your starters bat in those situations. However, if Tyler does not begin to put together good at-bats, he will get benched in those late-game situations and could see his playing time diminished drastically. OFFENSIVE WOES CONTINUE It goes beyond Flowers. There’s not much more to say here, as it was really the same story tonight: just an overall lack of execution when it matters most. In a first-and-second and no one out situation, we saw Jeff Keppinger bounce into a double play in the fifth inning. Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn flipped spots in the order today, but it didn’t help Dunn out much as he had another 0-for-3 performance. Tyler Greene got two hits in his Sox debut out of the nine-hole, but got picked off the first time he got on base. Lastly, the Sox went quietly in the ninth in a one-run game, striking out twice against Casey Janssen, then Keppinger bouncing weakly to end it. THE BULLPEN One big positive from today’s contest was the bullpen, as Hector Santiago, Matt Lindstrom, and Donnie Veal combined for 3.2 scoreless innings while allowing just one hit (Veal let up a double to Colby Rasmus in the eighth). All three guys have ERA’s of zero on the season to this point. TOMORROW NIGHT Our White Sox are not 1-6 on the road trip, which at this point seems like 1-16. It’s going to be Dylan Axelrod tomorrow opposing Josh Johnson. Johnson’s a guy who has struggled this season, but was one of the National League’s best pitchers (when healthy) for the Marlins over the past few seasons. Axelrod is coming off of a pretty poor showing in Washington, and this could be a big start for him in terms of establishing some consistency.
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