Chicago White Sox starter Dallas Keuchel allows 6 runs in 2 innings in 16-7 loss to Boston Red Sox – Twin Cities

Dallas Keuchel wanted to be the aggressor on Thursday night against the Boston Red Sox.

“He just couldn’t seem to get into a rhythm,” the Chicago White Sox starter said. “Some good spray pitches, but a lot of pitches to the plate and a couple of cuts that didn’t really go where I wanted them to.”

Keuchel allowed six runs on seven hits and lasted just two innings in a 16-7 loss to the Red Sox in front of 24,896 at Guaranteed Rate Field.

“When he’s right, he gives up ground balls,” White Sox manager Tony La Russa said. “Right away most of the balls are in the air (Thursday), which shows that at that moment there was no movement. The location was not there. (Thursday) when they start getting balls in the air, that means at that point, he’s not ready.

“That’s not normal for him.”

The White Sox lost two of three in the series. In both losses, they allowed 16 runs on 19 hits.

Andrew Vaughn had a monster night for the White Sox with a home run and a career-high five RBI, but the Red Sox were late, scoring nine runs in the final three innings, to pull away.

“Good night or bad, we’re not the winners,” Vaughn said. “That’s always going to hurt.”

Things didn’t go too early for the Sox, either.

Five of the Red Sox’s first six batters had hits in a three-run first start, with Enrique Hernandez hitting his second series-opening home run.

Trevor Story’s two-out, three-run home run in the second inning put the White Sox behind 6-0.

Keuchel was out after two innings.

“I feel (like) myself, so that’s a frustrating aspect of the last two starts,” Keuchel said. “I really felt like myself (May 8) in Boston and then against New York (May 14) at home, so taking a couple of steps back (in the last two starts) is very frustrating.

“I knew they were going to be looking over the plate, and just one of those things where the cutter, right now, has been the pitch that got bitten by a snake, with (DJ) LeMahieu (hitting a grand slam in the second inning on May 21), then Story with the three-run home run tonight. It’s like five pitches out of six are really good pitches and then the one that’s not really good gets hit right now. I have to do a better job of making sure I’m ahead in the count, the count is in my favor, doing things I normally do, then we can get back to normal.”

Leury Garcia, Adam Engel and Tim Anderson singled to lead off the third for the White Sox. Vaughn drove them all in with a double to right, cutting the deficit to 6-3.

The Red Sox scored a run in the top of the fifth. Vaughn hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the inning, making it 7-5.

That’s as close as it would get.

The Red Sox scored twice in the seventh and five more times in the eighth, including twice when Bennett Sousa threw wildly to first on what should have been the third out, en route to sending the White Sox back to .500 in 22-22. .

Infielder Josh Harrison allowed a two-run homer and struck out in the ninth. It was his second career appearance as a pitcher, the other being on August 9, 2013 against the Colorado Rockies while with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Keuchel fell to 2-5 with a 7.88 ERA.

“The most frustrating part is the guys behind me, two of the last three days, they’ve had to wear themselves out a lot,” Keuchel said. “If we expect to play 180 games this season, we don’t need those two from the last three days. That was in me. (Lucas Giolito) did a very, very good job of limiting the damage and turning the count in his favor and making some weak contact (in the White Sox’s 3-1 win on Wednesday).

“Sure it’s frustrating for me, but the most frustrating part is the bullpen is winning seven innings. The guys behind me use it and go out there for four hours and a lot of hits and a lot of runs on the board.

Keuchel has allowed 12 runs on 13 hits with five walks and four strikeouts in six innings in his last two starts.

“I have to do my job,” Keuchel said. “That’s the first and most important thing. If I don’t do my job, then I’ll be the first to admit that you have other options. I’ve given myself some wiggle room and I’m by no means out of this thing. It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster the first month and the change and the second half of last year apart from a couple of injuries.

“If people want to write me off, that’s fine. I’ve been written off before and I’m a competitor and I’m an athlete and we’ll turn the tide. This is not the first time this has happened on two consecutive starts. It can turn in our favor.”


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