The White Sox are looking for any help to end their six-game home losing streak, and tonight they'll send a pitcher to the mound who's in search of his first career victory.
23-year-old Erik Johnson will get his third start in the majors Monday night as the White Sox host the visiting Minnesota Twins on Comcast SportsNet. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. and Postgame Live with Chuck Garfien and Bill Melton will follow.
Johnson, one of Chicago's September call-ups, hasn't had the easiest path to begin his major-league career, facing the Yankees on the road and the Detroit Tigers at home in his first two outings. Johnson went toe-to-toe with New York's CC Sabathia in his debut, allowing three earned runs over six innings in a 6-5 loss. Six days later he got no help from his defense, allowing six runs in 3 2/3 innings in a 9-1 loss to Detroit. Only two of those runs, however, were earned, and he struck out four, despite not making it out of the fourth inning (96 pitches).
The White Sox pitching staff has been one of the brighter spots this season, and Johnson has a chance to add to that. And now he's finally in a good position to pick up that first win -- and end the Sox losing streak -- facing a Twins team that has lost eight of their last 11 games.
The talent is undoubtedly there for Johnson, who held a 12-3 record with a 1.96 ERA between Birmingham and Charlotte this year. Specifically, he went 4-1 with a sparkling 1.57 ERA in Charlotte, so he was also riding a wave of momentum when he got the call-up to Chicago.
With just 13 games left in the season -- eight at home -- there are only so many more opportunities to watch the future of the White Sox take the field. Johnson can be added to that list if he can string together a few more solid starts before the end of the year. See if he can start tonight -- and break the White Sox skid -- tonight on Comcast SportsNet.