On a non-getaway day, Pedro Grifol rolled out a White Sox lineup featuring just two hitters clearing a .700 OPS, and four of them coming up short of .600.
Unsurprisingly, the Diamondbacks shut them out. The White Sox did produce a fair amount of decent scoring opportunities with eight hits, but they didn’t reach base any other way, they went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position, and in such a fashion that not a single runner reached third base.
That wasted a surprisingly stout effort from a bullpen game headed by Luis Patiño. Six White Sox pitchers combined to hold Arizona to four hits and four walks over nine innings, but the D-backs managed to bunch enough of them together in a three-run third that accounted for all the game’s scoring.
The rally started innocuously enough, with Jace Peterson dropping a bloop one-out single just beyond the reach of Elvis Andrus in shallow center field for the game’s first baserunner. Pitching from the stretch for the first time, Patiño walked Geraldo Perdomo on four pitches to turn over the lineup, and Corbin Carroll made him pay with a scorched two-run double to right center.
Carroll advanced to third on a wild pitch as part of an eventual Ketel Marte walk, and then Tommy Pham pulled a single through the left side to make it 3-0.
Deivi García entered and promptly got Christian Walker, Tuesday’s hero, to ground into a 5-4-3 double play, and nobody scored for the rest of the afternoon.
García retired all seven batters he faced and recorded eight outs for his trouble, and Yohan Ramirez pitched a perfect sixth to make it 10 in a row. Tanner Banks, Garrett Crochet and Bryan Shaw all allowed a baserunner on a single, walk and walk, but the Sox erased two of them with double plays and stranded the other.
*Zach Remillard perfectly timed a leaping grab at second base to steal a single on the second batter of the game.
*Eloy Jiménez, Trayce Thompson and Lenyn Sosa each had two hits. The rest of the lineup went 2-for-24.
*Tyler Naquin made his White Sox debut as a pinch-hitter in the ninth for Remillard and struck out.