NEW YORK — The White Sox haven’t got much lately from their starting pitchers and that was before rain ended Jose Quintana’s start Monday prematurely.
A rain delay that lasted 1 hour, 53 minutes wiped out Quintana’s start after only one inning.
The New York Yankees then beat up on long reliever Dylan Axelrod and the White Sox lost 9-1 at Yankee Stadium. The White Sox defense did nothing to help Axelrod, who allowed eights runs in 2 1/3 innings, as the team committed three more errors, including two in the fourth inning. The loss was the fourth straight suffered by the White Sox to start a 10-game road trip.
“It was just too long to be able to have (Quintana) go back out there,” Ventura said. “After that, that early part when we got back in there was just terrible baseball. We have to play better than that if we’re going to expect to win games. The rest of the way out we’ve got guys you’re kind of evaluating for next year, so it just has to get better.”
Quintana gave up a quick run in his only inning of work before the rain came.
The lengthy delay ended the day for both him and Yankees starter Phil Hughes.
The quick exit put an already overextended bullpen in a difficult spot as White Sox starters have completed only 12 2/3 innings over their last four games.
In those four starts, White Sox starters have a 10.66 ERA with 15 earned runs, 23 hits and 10 walks.
Axelrod took over down 1-0 and put up two shutout innings.
But the right-hander was hit hard in the fourth inning.
The first seven New York batters reached base with the last four driving in at least one run. Mark Reynolds singled in one, Austin Romine knocked in two with a single, Brett Gardner doubled in another and Derek Jeter singled in one more to make it 6-0. Alfonso Soriano doubled in another run and Alex Rodriguez drew a walk only after Josh Phegley dropped a foul pop up.
“(Axelrod) came in and the bullpen did as good as they can do given the circumstances,” designated hitter Paul Konerko said. “Any time you have a rain out and both starters are out of the game it's a crapshoot after that. We just lost the crapshoot today.”
The Yankees extended their lead to 9-0 when Adam Dunn’s throw to second base on Vernon Wells’ grounder wound up in left field and two more runs scored.
“We weren’t helping him at all,” Ventura said of Axelrod. “You’ve got to be able to catch the ball. It’s the major leagues. You have to be able to catch the ball and play good defense, otherwise you’re not going to win games.”
The White Sox avoided a shutout when Konerko hit a solo home run in the seventh inning to cut the score to 9-1. Konerko’s 10th homer moved him past Cal Ripken Jr. and in 44th place all-time with 432 career blasts.
Even though he pitched for the third time in four games, Jake Petricka retired all eight batters he faced in relief for the White Sox. David Purcey also pitched for the third time in four games and delivered two shutout innings.