The Chicago White Sox continued their struggle with a narrow loss to the Houston Astros in extra innings in the first of their three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field.
The game pitted two starters looking to bounce back in the midst of up-and-down season. Houston ace Dallas Keuchel (2-5, 5.58 ERA) vs. For the White Sox, it was youngster Carlos Rodon (1-4, 4.99) got the ball for the last-place Astros, who have not seen the Cy-Young-Winner Keuchel thus far this season. Keuchel has specially struggled on the road, posting a 7.40 ERA before today's game.
For the White Sox, it was youngster Carlos Rodon (1-4, 4.99) who took the mound with an ERA over four he has been carrying since April 18. Rodon has been specially bad at home this season, posting a 6.92 ERA. As a staff, Sox pitchers posted a 2.78 ERA through the first 32 game,s but had a 5.26 ERA on a six-game trip against the Rangers and Yankees recently.
The big news for the Sox was the late scratch of third baseman Todd Frazier due to an illness. Manager Robin Ventura, however, left the door open for Frazier to be available to pinch-hit if necessary. He was replaced on the field by Tyler Saladino.
Rodon and Keuchel had very promising starts to their games the first time through the lineups, with Rodon only giving up three hits and a run, and Keuchel pitching perfectly through three innings.
However, both were roughed up the second time through and finished with almost identical lines. Keuchel left the game after six and one-third, six hits, three runs, three walks, five strikeouts, and a long homer to Jose Abreu in the fourth. Carlos Rodon finished up with six innings pitched, three runs (two earned), one walk, seven strikeouts, and two home runs.