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May 12, 2014

Effort disappoints Ventura

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura made it pretty clear how he felt after their 5-1 loss Sunday to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

He was happy with starter Hector Noesi’s effort. The rest he’d rather forget.

“(Noesi) threw well, but it was pretty uninspired by us all the way through,” Ventura said. “It started from the first play of the game and continued on and it stunk, pretty much the whole thing. Hector pitched a heck of a game to at least give us a chance, everything else stunk.”

Noesi (0-3) was indeed solid but needed more help, going six innings and allowing three runs and eight hits while throwing 117 pitches. The White Sox were limited to just four hits — two against Arizona’s Chase Anderson (1-0) in his big league debut.

Noesi also fell behind 1-0 in the first thanks in part to shaky defense.

Gerardo Parra led off the game with what appeared to be a routine fly to center, but Alejandro De Aza misjudged it and stumbled before missing the ball, allowing Parra to get to third on what was ruled a triple. Martin Prado’s sharp single to right then drove in Parra to give the Diamondbacks an early lead.

Besides Moises Sierra’s solo homer in the sixth, not much happened for the White Sox. Anderson at one point retired 12 straight batters.

“I don’t think it’s lack of effort. We did seem a little, I guess, lethargic could be the word. I couldn’t tell, I really don’t know,” catcher Tyler Flowers said. “(Anderson) did a good job shutting us down. I guess next time we need to pick up a little more rah-rah or something; that ought to keep everybody motivated and going.

“But again, we didn’t quit on that game or anything. That guy did better than we did.”

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