The Arizona Diamondbacks hoped their return to Chicago would be just as triumphant as when they left it. Unfortunately, the White Sox had some other ideas.
Alexei Ramirez belted a grand slam as part of a seven run fourth inning as the Pale Hose downed the D’backs by a score of 9-3. Brandon McCarthy was the victim of the onslaught as the White Sox pounded him all over the yard in that one frame. Jose Abreu, the sensational rookie from Cuba who was hobbling on a bad ankle, belted his Major League-leading 13th home run off Trevor Cahill in the seventh inning while Tyler Flowers added another solo shot the following inning off Joe Thatcher.
The Snakes grabbed a 2-0 lead in the third as Gerardo Parra connected on his third home run of the season, a two-run shot with Cody Ross scoring ahead of him. McCarthy cruised through the first three innings, retiring all nine batters he had faced. Then came the fateful fourth frame in which the Sox put the game away. Alejandro De Aza, who went 3 for 5, had two hits in the inning and Abreu, who went 3 for 4, contributed an RBI single. Adam Dunn was the only Chciago player not to get a hit in the inning. Cahill came on to mercifully end the bombardment by getting Gordon Beckham to hit into a double play. He pitched decently, going 3 2/3 innings with the only run being Abreu’s dinger. The only other Arizona run came on A.J. Pollock‘s RBI single in the fifth. Ross had a good night with two of the team’s four hits and scoring two of their three runs.
McCarthy’s record is now 1-6 with a 5.66 ERA. Andre Rienzo, who went 5 2/3 innings for the White Sox, is now 3-0 with a 4.56 ERA. The two clubs are back at it on Saturday, with first pitch scheduled for 4:10 MST. Wade Miley goes for the D’backs against Chicago’s Jose Quintana.