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August 6, 2014

What You Need to Know

August 6, 2014

by Daniel Rathman


The Tuesday Takeaway
Adam Dunn pitched an inning and allowed a run for the White Sox on Tuesday.

The run the Rangers pinned on his line was the 16th permitted by the home nine at U.S. Cellular Field last night and the dumpster fire was the second to pollute the South Side of Chicago in a span of three days, after the Twins lit up Robin Ventura’s pitching staff for a 16-3 rout on Sunday.

Despite fielding trade interest in John Danks leading up to last Thursday’s deadline, general manager Rick Hahn opted to hold on to the left-hander. The Rangers were glad he did.

Ron Washington’s hitters pounded Danks early and often. Adrian Beltre cranked a two-run jack in the first. Robinson Chirinos drilled a solo shot in the second. J.P. Arencibia went yard in the fifth. And Chirinos’ second long ball of the night

sent Danks packing later in that frame. By the time the Rangers were through with the Austin native, his line contained nine runs on eight hits and five walks in just 4 2/3 innings. According to the Baseball-Reference Play Index, Danks is the first White Sox starter in at least a century to pack four big flies and five free passes into an outing that brief.

Unfortunately for Ventura, he lacks the relievers to stem the tide when his starter gets caught up in it. So when the bullpen is tasked with eating 14 outs, a blowout is almost sure to balloon into an embarrassment.

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