James Shields’ White Sox debut has been a nightmare

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Update (9:17 PM EDT): Shields was pulled after allowing a leadoff single to Rendon to lead off the third inning.

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White Sox starter James Shields made his much-anticipated debut with his new club on Wednesday night at U.S. Cellular Field against the Nationals. It very quickly went off the rails.

After striking out Ben Revere to lead off the ballgame, Shields walked Jayson Werth and yielded a bunt single to Bryce Harper, who beat the shift. Daniel Murphy then drove home a run with a line drive single to right field. Following that, Wilson Ramos hit a 5-3 ground out to plate a second run, and then Ryan Zimmerman cranked out a two-run homer to make it 4-0. Shields was able to get Anthony Rendon to fly out to end the frame.

In the second, Shields continued to unravel, serving up back-to-back solo home runs to Stephen Drew and Danny Espinosa to open up the frame. The home crowd continued to boo Shields. Revere and Werth both reached on singles to bring up Harper. Harper worked the count full, then watched a backdoor slider for strike three. The home crowd sarcastically applauded Shields. Shields got Murphy to ground into a 6-4 fielder’s choice, but walked Ramos to load the bases. Mercifully, Zimmerman grounded out weakly to end the inning.

Through two innings, Shields has yielded the six runs on seven hits and a pair of walks with two strikeouts on 79 pitches.

The White Sox acquired Shields from the Padres on Saturday in exchange for Erik Johnson and Fernando Tatis, Jr.