Jarred Cosart was pumped to go up against one of the best starters in baseball.
Cosart's outing started slowly before he quickly bounced back to give the Astros six strong innings of one-run ball, but Houston's bullpen failed him in a 6-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night.
''You got to be nervous before every game, but you know you're going up against (Chris) Sale,'' Cosart said. ''He's an All-Star, he's going to make a lot of money and he's throwing the ball extremely well. Especially last game, he gave up eight runs, a guy like that, a number one guy, he's not going to have two bad outings in a row.''
Cosart opened the game with a walk to Leury Garcia then allowed back-to-back singles to Gordon Beckham and Jeff Keppinger to load the bases. After pitching coach Doug Brocail came out to the mound for a chat, Cosart struck out Adam Dunn. Paul Konerko followed with an RBI single, but Cosart escaped with minimal damage by inducing a double play grounder against Avisai...