Morning Box Score: Cubs Burned by Astros, Alexei Powers Sox
By Chuck Sudo in News on Apr 13, 2011 3:10PM
The White Sox lead the major leagues in fielding errors. If a couple of balls were fielded cleanly, the White Sox could be standing atop the AL Central. Thankfully the lineup is loaded and has been able to overcome the shortcomings of "Camp Cora." Alexei Ramirez hit two home runs, including the game winning walk-off tater in the 10th inning, to give the Sox a 6-5 win over the Oakland A's. Edwin Jackson, dominating in Sox home opener, didn't have it last night. Jackson only lasted 4-2/3 innings and giving up 3 runs. Chris Sale picked up his second win of the season in relief.
The poor Cubs can't catch a break. Manager Mike Quade placed spot starter James Russell on a 50-pitch count. Russell three 55 pitches in 1-2/3 innings and gave up five runs (four earned) to set the tone for the Cubs 11-2 drilling at the hands of the Astros at Minute Maid Park. There were some bright spots for the Cubs. Marlon Byrd went 3-for-3 at the plate and Tyler Colvin hit his second dinger of the season. The Cubs hitters pounded out 11 hits to the Astros 16, but were 1-for 15 with runners in scoring position and left 10 runners on base.