Sale can't play stopper, Sox fall again to Tigers

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Sale can't play stopper, Sox fall again to Tigers

DETROIT -- The White Sox bats have struggled of late, and Rick Porcello didnt offer any solutions on Saturday afternoon.
The Detroit Tigers starting pitcher matched Justin Verlanders dominance of a night earlier and with the help of some timely hitting against Chris Sale, downed the White Sox 5-1 at Comerica Park.
Porcello and reliever Joaquin Benoit combined on a five-hitter as the Tigers moved ahead of the White Sox into first place in the American League Central.
Now a half-game back of Detroit, the White Sox dropped to 3-6 on their current 10-game road trip. They have scored two runs or fewer in six of their last seven games.
Right before the break, we were swinging it fairly well and eventually it will get back to that, White Sox manager Robin Ventura said before Saturdays game. We havent really clicked back in since the break as far as the way they were swinging it before.
Porcello didnt make it easy.
He retired the first 12 batters he faced. After he allowed a run in the fifth inning, Porcello (7-5) got back on track as he retired nine of 10 heading into the ninth inning.
The right-hander tired in the ninth, allowing consecutive singles to Gordon Beckham and Alejandro De Aza before he was lifted.
Aside from the fifth inning, that was the only sign of life from the White Sox offense.
In the fifth, Paul Konerko led off with a single. Alex Rios then reached on a force at second and moved into scoring position on a groundout. Dayan Viciedo then broke a scoreless tie with a blooper to right to give the White Sox a 1-0 lead.
But that wasnt nearly enough to support Sale, who matched his season-high with five earned runs allowed.
Sale (11-3) looked sharp early but walked Gerald Laird and Danny Worth, Detroits eighth and ninth hitters, to start the third inning. That prompted a visit from Ventura and trainer Herm Schneider. But Sale stayed in the game and got out of trouble with a strikeout of Austin Jackson and a double play.
The Tigers took a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning on Jacksons two-out double after a pair of two-out singles by Laird and Worth.
Detroit increased its lead in the sixth to 5-1 when Brennan Boesch belted a three-run home run to right off Sale, the first homer he has allowed to a left-handed hitter this season.
Jackson doubled in two runs in the eighth against reliever Dylan Axelrod.

Has Jose Quintana's slow start to the season affected his potential trade value?

Has Jose Quintana's slow start to the season affected his potential trade value?

 

Jose Quintana has not started his 2017 campaign as many White Sox fans had hoped or expected.
 
Through nine games the 2016 All Star has posted just two wins and watched his ERA climb to 3.92 after Wednesday’s loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks. 
 
This past offseason, Quintana was frequently mentioned as a possible trade piece for the White Sox who if moved might have brought in other key pieces for the retooling South Siders, much like Chris Sale and Adam Eaton did. 

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Have Quintana’s early season struggles impacted his trade value?
 
White Sox play-by-play announcer Jason Benetti weighed in while appearing on Wednesday’s edition of SportsTalk Live.
 
“Somebody's trade value isn’t contingent necessarily on what he’s doing right now,” Benetti said. “I mean general managers are smart enough to know Jose Quintana is worth X over the course of time and a lot of what trade value has to do with, is what other teams need. So as injuries continue to pile up to other pitchers, if we’re talking about the value of a starting pitcher, the market has as much to do with that as his performance in one specific game.” 
 
Listen to what else Benetti had to say in the video above. 
 

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Jason Benetti stops by to talk the future of the White Sox

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Jason Benetti stops by to talk the future of the White Sox

There's a lot of buzz around the future of the White Sox.

White Sox announcer Jason Benetti joined SportsTalk Live on Wednesday to discuss the team's exciting young prospects and how soon they'll be making their way to the South Side.

Also joining Pat Boyle on this episode of the SportsTalk Live Podcast are the Tribune's David Haugh, Pro Football Weekly's Hub Arkush and WGN Radio's Sam Panayotovich.

The guys also react to Mike Glennon's recent comments and Kevin White’s uncertain status at OTAs.

Plus, they wonder if Kyle Schwarber has finally found his spot in the Cubs' lineup.

Take a listen to the latest episode below: