It took facing the Mariners offense to finally get left-hander John Danks his first win of the season, as he bounced back from an 0-8 start to limit Seattle to an unearned run over 7 1/3 innings in the White Sox’s 3-1 victory tonight.
In doing so, Danks outpitched Rookie of the Year favorite Michael Pineda, who allowed two runs over seven innings in taking his third loss.
Danks was the first White Sox pitcher since Eddie Smith in 1942 to start a season 0-8.
The left-hander pitched in awful luck early on, going 0-3 despite a 3.27 ERA in his first five starts. However, he had legitimately struggled lately, especially last week when he gave up nine runs to the Blue Jays and got into a dispute with Jose Bautista. His ERA was up to 5.25 going into this one, and he had struck out a total of six batters in his last three starts.
Tonight, Danks fanned six and walked just one. Jesse Crain and Sergio Santos finished up from there, with Santos earning his 11th save.
Thie White Sox are 13-1 in their last 14 games against the Mariners.
Pirates infielder Gift Ngoepe, just called up from Triple-A Indianapolis, singled in his first major league at-bat on Wednesday evening against Cubs starter Jon Lester. It was a well-struck ground ball up the middle in the bottom of the fourth inning. Unfortunately for him, the Pirates could not bring him around to score.
Ngoepe, who was pinch-hitting, stayed in the game to play second base.
Diamondbacks starter Shelby Miller was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday due to inflammation in his right elbow. He had a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Tuesday and is currently awaiting a third opinion from Dr. James Andrews, Craig Grialou of Arizona Sports reports. That he’s getting a third opinion seems to imply that Miller’s elbow issue is rather serious.
Miller, 26, hasn’t been able to catch a break since joining the Diamondbacks. Last year’s nightmarish season included a finger injury stemming from mechanical woes and a brief demotion to the minor leagues. In 20 starts in the majors last year, Miller posted an ugly 6.15 ERA. This year, his ERA is a mediocre 4.09 over four starts.
The Diamondbacks called up Zack Godley to take Miller’s spot in the rotation. There was some speculation that it would be Archie Bradley instead, but he’s been working out of the bullpen.