Philip Humber has hardly been perfect since his April 21 start. After being torched by Boston for the most runs (9) ever allowed in a start following a perfect game, Humber issued six walks in six innings as the White Sox lost 6-3 to Cleveland Wednesday night.
He only allowed three of those runs, though, and it easily could've been better. With two outs in the fifth, Travis Hafner hit a smash to Gordon Beckham that skirted under the second baseman's glove and into right field.
Three pitches later, Carlos Santana swatted a hanging slider 430 feet into the right field seats for a three-run home run.
Along the same vein, Humber's start could've been much worse. He loaded the bases twice in the first three innings, wriggling out of both jams with strikeouts of Shin-Soo Choo.
While the free passes Humber issued were a concern, it's important to note the Indians entered Wednesday as the most proficient walk-drawing offense in the majors. Just over 12 percent of Cleveland's cumulative plate appearances have resulted in a walk, nearly two percent higher than the second-highest team in that regard (Tampa Bay, 10.5 percent). Still, Humber has now walked a total of 12 batters over 16 13 innings in his non-perfect starts.
The Sox offense was buoyed by an early solo blast off the bat of Adam Dunn, his sixth on the season. With it, Dunn surpassed half of his 2011 home run output less than one full month into the 2012 season. Alexei Ramirez tied the game up in the fifth with a two-run single.
Cleveland took the lead in the top of the eighth with a two-out rally against Will Ohman and Addison Reed. After Michael Brantley singled and Casey Kotchman walked with two out against Ohman, Jack Hannahan doubled down the left field line off Reed to score Brantley, who turned out to be the game-winning run.
Travis Hafner added a two-run homer off Matt Thornton in the ninth to give Chris Perez a comfortable save.
The White Sox tout one of baseball's best farm systems, and CSN is taking you behind the scenes of those teams and top prospects with our latest Original Production.
White Sox Cornerstones: Charlotte and White Sox Cornerstones: Birmingham & Winston-Salem, presented by Ozinga, will air back-to-back tonight at 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on CSN. You can also catch a live stream of both airings right here via the NBC Sports app.
White Sox Cornerstones: Charlotte will provide viewers a look at some of the brightest young stars in the game, including baseball's top prospect Yoan Moncada. The 21-year-old Moncada is batting .333 with six home runs and 13 RBIs in 33 games and was recently named the International League Player of the Week. We sit down with Moncada to discuss his development as a player, as well as his relationship with White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu.
The Knights also tout top pitching prospect Lucas Giolito, as well as pitchers Carson Fulmer, Zack Burdi and Reynaldo Lopez. Burdi and Fulmer will "walk to work" with CSN and discuss their mentality leading up to a game, what it means to be part of a rebuild and how their Charlotte teammates remain competitive even off the field.
You'll also hear from White Sox general manager Rick Hahn, Knights manager Mark Grudzielanek and Knights pitching coach Steve McCatty.
Then stay tuned in for White Sox Cornerstones: Birmingham & Winston-Salem as we ride the bus with the Birmingham Barons following their road win over the Montgomery Biscuits. The 90-minute bus ride includes interviews with No. 3 prospect Michael Kopech, who is 2-2 with a 3.06 ERA in 2017. The 21-year-old who came over with Moncada in the Chris Sale deal this past winter has struck out 51 batters in 35.1 innings. Kopech discusses his obsession with being the best and his thoughts on being a part of the White Sox rebuild.
We'll also travel to Salem, Virginia as the White Sox square off against the Salem Red Sox. CSN will sit down with No. 6 prospect Zack Collins and pitcher Tanner Banks. Collins discusses his thoughts on becoming the catcher of the future on Chicago's South Side.
You'll also hear from propsects Luis Alexander Basabe, Dane Dunning, Spencer Adams and manager Willie Harris, among others.
Watch as the White Sox open their series against the Arizona Diamondbacks Monday night on CSN and live streaming on the NBC Sports app.
Coverage begins with White Sox Pregame Live at 8:00 p.m. Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on White Sox Postgame Live.
Tonight's starting pitching matchup: Miguel Gonzalez (3-4, 4.29 ERA) vs. Zack Greinke (5-2, 3.09 ERA)
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