CHICAGO -- The last time Oakland came to town, John Danks pitched eight solid innings and was in line for the win when he turned over a three-run lead to the bullpen in the ninth inning. He never would have imagined entering Saturday's start nearly two months later at 1-8, fresh off his first victory of the season.
Danks ended up with a no-decision in that April 13 contest after White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen's club gave up three ninth-inning runs and eventually lost, 7-4, in extra innings, but the bullpen held on for Danks on Saturday. Danks improved to 2-8 after allowing just two runs over 7 2/3 innings before Jesse Crain pitched a scoreless 1 1/3 innings for the save.
"Every time Danks is on the mound, we expect good things from him, great things from him," Guillen said. "This kid is a warrior, I love to see him pitch, I do. I think everybody on this ballclub feels the same way."
Danks will now look to continue building off his 2-0 start to June, in which he has pitched 15 innings and allowed only two earned runs, while striking out 10 and walking three.
"There's still a lot of room to make up," Danks said. "I can't get ahead of myself because, as April and May showed, this game will slap you in the face as soon as you think you get it figured out."
"A lot of people say, '[His record] don't bother him.' Yes, of course, it bothers him," Guillen said. "But he doesn't show it to the people, he doesn't change. He's the same kid when he's good and he's the same kid when he's bad."