Danks will try to help Chicago earn its fourth win in five games Wednesday afternoon when it concludes a three-game home set against the Oakland Athletics.
One night after closer Matt Thornton(notes) and Jesse Crain(notes) were each charged with a run and Chicago (7-4) wasted Mark Buehrle’s(notes) eight shutout innings in a 2-1, 10-inning loss, the White Sox’s bullpen was outstanding in Tuesday’s 6-5, 10-inning victory, holding Oakland to a pair of runs following Edwin Jackson’s(notes) 4 2-3 innings - the club’s shortest outing by a starter this season.
Sergio Santos(notes) and Chris Sale(notes), who picked up the win, each threw two scoreless frames and Alexei Ramirez(notes) ended the bullpen’s night with a two-out, game-ending homer off Bobby Cramer(notes).
Ramirez also staked the White Sox to a 3-1 second-inning lead with a three-run shot.
“The bullpen did a great job. The way Santos and Sale threw was the key,” manager Ozzie Guillen said after his team snapped Oakland’s three-game winning streak and improved to 4-2 on its season high-tying 10-game homestand.
Before hosting the Los Angeles Angels on Friday, the White Sox will look for a solid outing from Danks (0-1, 4.50 ERA), who did not earn a decision in Friday’s 9-7 loss to Tampa Bay. The left-hander, who turns 26 this Friday, left the game with a two-run lead after allowing four runs in six innings, but Thornton surrendered four hits and five unearned runs in the ninth to prevent Danks from earning his first victory of the season.
“Our goal is to get the ball to Matt in the ninth,” Danks told the White Sox’s official website. “We know he’s going to get outs. He’s the same guy as he was when he was throwing in the seventh and eighth innings. As cliche as it sounds, it’s only one game.”
Danks is 4-1 with a 2.48 ERA in six starts against the A’s.
After throwing six innings of one-run ball in a 5-2 loss to Seattle on April 2, the left-hander retired 14 in a row at one point and gave up two runs in eight innings Friday, but lost 2-1 at Minnesota.
The A’s have supported Anderson with one run or none in 15 of his 18 career losses.
Anderson, 1-1 with a 4.88 ERA in four starts against the White Sox, was tagged for five runs and a career high-tying 10 hits over 5 1-3 innings in his last start in Chicago, a 6-1 loss July 30.