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Shaky White Sox hammered by Orioles 11-3
By Scot Gregor | Daily Herald Staff

Sox starter John Danks gave up 4 runs and 7 hits in just 4 innings.

 

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White Sox second baseman Alexei Ramirez misses a ground ball hit by Baltimore Orioles' Aubrey Huff during the third.

 

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Published: 8/27/2008 9:10 PM | Updated: 8/27/2008 10:26 PM

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BALTIMORE - How bad were the White Sox in Wednesday night's 11-3 loss to the Orioles at Camden Yards?

After the game, manager Ozzie Guillen nominated relief pitcher Lance Broadway as the Sox' player of the game, even though the right-hander was torched for 7 runs on 9 hits over 4 innings.

"He did a tremendous job to save the bullpen for us," Guillen said. "I like the way he was throwing the ball. I think that is the best thing that happened tonight for us, for real. We were so bad, that was the best thing that happened."

How bad was starter John Danks?

The left-hander lasted only 4 innings, allowing 4 runs on 7 hits while throwing 93 pitches. It was Danks' shortest outing since July 20, when he went 4 innings against the Royals.

"Wish I had an answer," Danks said. "I was pretty bad. There's no other way of putting it. I was just flat-out bad. I didn't even give us a chance to win. Broadway did a decent job, but my job is to get us into the seventh and eighth inning with the lead or tied, and I didn't even get us into the fifth inning."

Danks struggled from the outset, allowing 1 run on 2 hits in the first inning.

"It was very disappointing," Danks said. "I feel good, but I didn't have command of anything. (Catcher) A.J. (Pierzynski) would call a fastball in, and I'd throw it away. My breaking stuff wasn't there. It just wasn't there. My changeup was up. I was just flat-out bad."

After Paul Konerko homered off Baltimore starter Radhames Liz to tie the game in the second inning, the Orioles kept tacking on runs against Danks and then Broadway.

"Tough night for everyone," Guillen said. "John did not throw the ball the way we have seen him throw the ball. Those kind of days, you wish it would be a different way. I always say pitchers dictate how we play the game. Unfortunately, we did not bring anything to the ballgame."

After pitching 139 innings as a rookie last season, Danks has 160 heading into the final month of the season. A performance like Wednesday can be construed as a sign of physical trouble, but Danks insists he has plenty of gas left in the tank.

"I feel strong," Danks said. "I don't know what to say. I feel good. The stuff is still there. It's a matter of me doing it, and I didn't do it."

Guillen said he is keeping a close eye on Danks and the Sox' other young starter - Gavin Floyd.

"I would worry if the kids were struggling," Guillen said. "If they were struggling and they were tired, then it would be like, 'Wow, we have to go to Plan B.' But they seem to be throwing the ball fine, both of them. Danks, that was the worst day I've seen him delivering the ball, but I don't think it was because he was tired. I think he couldn't find the strike zone."

Danks can't wait for his next start.

"This will be a long five days," he said. "I wish I could fast-forward this Boston series and get back on the mound in Cleveland. There's just no other way to put it. I was just flat-out awful and hopefully I can put this behind me soon."