Rapid Reaction: White Sox 10, Red Sox 7
May, 31, 2011
By Steven Krasner | ESPNBoston.com
BOSTON -- Alfredo Aceves' winning streak couldn’t last forever. It’s not as if he is Cy Young incarnate, after all.
He has had an amazing record of success as a long reliever and spot starter, first for the New York Yankees and most recently for the Red Sox, adding up to 12 straight wins without a loss and an overall big-league mark of 16-1. The only other pitchers in major league history since 1876 who began their careers with a 16-1 record were Whitey Ford and Howie Krist, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Aceves’ luck, though, ran out at least temporarily Tuesday night against the Chicago White Sox at Fenway Park.
Chicago dunked in some cheap hits, scalded a few more and ultimately it all added to a 10-7 victory for the White Sox, who improved to 12-2 against the Red Sox in their last 14 meetings, dating back to Aug. 27, 2009. Chicago, which had a 10-1 lead heading into the eighth, held off a late Sox rally for the triumph.
Aceves, filling in for John Lackey (elbow, on disabled list) was charged with eight runs, six of which were earned, on eight hits and three walks in five-plus innings. So now he is 16-2 in his career, and his winning streak is history.
• Untouched for two outs: The White Sox registered an unusual double play in the fifth. With Carl Crawford running from first on the pitch, Jed Lowrie hit a lazy fly ball to center field. Crawford initially didn’t know where the ball was, so he slid into second base.
When he realized the ball was about to be caught, he popped up quickly and headed back to first base. He made it there easily, but the White Sox appealed at second base, claiming Crawford hadn’t retouched the bag on his trip back to first base, as he would have to do, by rule, because he had gone a step past the second-base bag.
The umpires agreed Crawford hadn’t re-touched the base, so he was called out, too, giving Chicago a double play.
• No respect: White Sox third-base coach Jeff Cox didn’t show a lot of respect for the arm of Boston center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury in the third inning.
When Alexei Ramirez dropped a single to center with one out, Cox didn’t hesitate to wave around Brent Morel, who was running from second base. Morel got to the third-base bag as a charging Ellsbury collected the ball in medium center field.
Cox knew what he was doing. Ellsbury’s throw home didn’t have a lot of steam on it. First baseman Adrian Gonzalez cut the ball off and the Red Sox put out Ramirez in a rundown as Morel scored standing.
• Tek support: Jason Varitek’s hitting streak grew to eight games with his homer over the White Sox bullpen in the third inning. That’s his longest streak since a nine-gamer from April 21 to May 4, 2006. The Sox captain, who went 3 for 4 Tuesday night, is batting .379 (11 for 29) over his last eight games. He also has hit safely in 12 of his last 13 starts, batting at a .340 (16 for 47) clip over that span.
• Quick turnaround: The Red Sox and the White Sox finish up the three-game series with a midweek day game, starting Wednesday at 1:35. While that’s two quick games -- a night game followed by a day game, the Red Sox will get some extra time off thanks to the daytime start.
Boston has a scheduled day off Thursday.
Tim Wakefield starts Wednesday in a possible audition to stay in the rotation because John Lackey is expected to return from the disabled list for Sunday’s game.