Dallas Keuchel wanted to be on the offensive against the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night.
The Chicago White Sox starter said, “It felt like I was not getting into the rhythm.” “Some good pitches were scattered, but there were a lot of pitches and some cutters over the plate that didn’t really get to the spot I wanted.”
Keuchel conceded six runs from seven hits and lasted just two innings in a 16-7 loss to the Red Sox in front of 24,896 at a guaranteed rate field.
“When he’s right, he hits the ground balls,” said White Sox manager Tony La Russa. “Right now most of the balls are in the air (Thursday), which shows that there was no movement at that time. There was no place. (Thursday) When he starts getting balls in the air, it means he is not fast.
“It’s not normal for him.”
The White Sox dropped two out of three in the series. He gave 16 runs and 19 hits in both the defeats.
Andrew Vaughan had a monster night for the White Sox with a home run and a career-high five RBIs, but the Red Sox put it up late – scoring nine runs in the final three innings – to pull away.
“Good night or bad night, we didn’t come out on top,” Vaughan said. “It’s always going to sting.”
Things didn’t go well for the Sox either.
Five of the Red Sox’s first six batsmen hit a three-run debut, with Enrique Hernandez hitting his second leadoff homer of the series.
Two outs from Trevor Storey in the second, a three-run homer put the White Sox 6-0 behind.
Keuchel was out after two innings.
“I’m feeling (like) myself, so that’s the disappointing aspect of the last two starts,” Ketchell said. “I was really, really feeling at home against myself in Boston (May 8) and then New York (May 14), so taking a few steps back (in the last two starts) is very disappointing.
“I knew they were going to look out at the plate, and one of those things where the cutter, right now, is the pitch that snakebited me, (DJ) Lemahieu (with hitting a Grand Slam) second on May 21 innings), then the story with a three-run homer tonight. It’s like five out of six pitches are really good and then the one that isn’t really good is getting hit right now. Better work for me to make sure Have to do that I’m ahead on the count, the count is in my favour, the things I normally do, then we can get back on track.
Leuri Garcia, Adam Engel and Tim Anderson started in third place for the White Sox. Vaughan knocked them all out with a double to the right, making the deficit 6-3.
The Red Sox scored a run in the top of fifth. Vaughan hit a two-run homer at the bottom of the innings, making it 7-5.
The closer it gets, the better.
The Red Sox scored twice in the seventh and five times in the eighth – including two when Bennett Sousa threw wildly the first, which should have been the third out – on 22-22 on the way to send the White Sox back to .500.
Infielder Josh Harrison allows a two-run homer and hits a strike out in the ninth. This was his second career pitching appearance, while the second came with the Pittsburgh Pirates against the Colorado Rockies on August 9, 2013.
Keuchel fell 2-5 with a 7.88 ERA.
“The most frustrating part is the people behind me, two of the last three days, they’ve had to wear a lot,” Keschel said. “If we’re hoping to play 180 matches this season, we don’t need two of the last three days. That was on me. (Lucas Giolito) tried to limit the damage and turn the count in his favor and Did a really, really good job of getting some weak contact (in Wednesday’s 3-1 White Sox win).
“It’s definitely frustrating for me, but the most frustrating part is picking up seven innings of the bullpen. The guys behind me are wearing it and out for four hours and a lot of hits and too many runs on the board.”
Keuchel has scored 12 runs in 13 hits with five runs and four strikes in six innings in his last two starts.
“I have to do my job,” Keschel said. “This is first and foremost. If I don’t do my job, I’ll be the first to admit that you have other options. I’ve given myself some leeway and I’m not in any way shape or form with this thing.” It’s been a bit of a roller coaster outside of the first month and turnaround and a few injuries in the second half of last year.
“If people want to text me, that’s fine. I’ve been written before and I’m a competitor and I’m an athlete and we’ll turn the tide. This isn’t the first time back-to-back starts have happened. It may come back in our favor.”