White Sox’s Humber falters again in 9-5 loss to Jays
CHICAGO (MCT) — Slugger Paul Konerko was scratched from the White Sox’s lineup Tuesday night because of a minor left wrist procedure, an ailment that is of minor concern compared to the inconsistency of Philip Humber.
White Sox manager Robin Ventura plans to stick with Humber in the rotation after a 9-5 loss to the Blue Jays that heightened Humber’s struggles since his April 21 perfect game against the Mariners in Seattle and at U.S. Cellular Field.
“He has to get better at jumping ahead and showing better control,” Ventura said after Humber walked three batters in the first inning before allowing a pair of two-run homer to Colby Rasmus and David Cooper in the fifth.
Rasmus capped his career-high five-hit night with an RBI double in the eighth.
Since throwing his perfect game, Humber is 1-3 with a 7.38 ERA in eight starts. His latest loss is mystifying because he was coming off a victory against the Rays on the road in which he allowed only two runs over seven innings with the help of a sharp slider that was reminiscent of his Seattle outing.
U.S. Cellular Field also hasn’t been hospitable to Humber, who hasn’t won here since June 12, 2011, against the A’s.
Humber has an 0-6 record with a 5.72 ERA in his last 13 starts at home.
“It’s just an inconsistent feel,” Humber said. “I’ll have it one inning and then not have it, or one game and then not the next game. It’s weird to say this after a night like this, A.J. (Pierzynski) said the same thing, in the bullpen that was the best pen I’ve had before a game, which doesn’t mean a whole lot. I felt like I was close to where I need to be. You just got to keep fighting. It’ll come. Stay positive and keep working.”
Humber’s rough outing puts more emphasis on Wednesday night’s start by rookie left-hander Jose Quintana. The Sox have shown plenty of confidence in the rookie as John Danks gets set for a brief minor league rehabilitation assignment.
After the game, Ventura said there are no plans “right now” to send Humber or Gavin Floyd (5.32 ERA) to the bullpen.
“I think they just need to get through it,” Ventura said. “They have the stuff.”
Meanwhile, Konerko had a procedure done to dislodge a fragment in his left wrist. He missed two games last season with the same problem.
The Sox were harnessed for six innings by Ricky Romero, who retired 15 of 16 batters until Alex Rios led off with seventh with a single and Pierzynski followed with a home run.
Adam Dunn knocked out Romero with his 18th homer to start the eighth. Dunn moved into a tie for 59th place on the all-time home run list with Larry Walker at 383.
Baserunning mistakes by Pierzynski in the second and Rios in the eighth stunted rallies.