MINNEAPOLIS -- John Danks went off the script Wednesday and the struggling Minnesota Twins made him pay.
After watching three White Sox starters -- Phil Humber, Zach Stewart and Jake Peavy -- each throw a scoreless outing against the Twins this week, Danks had plenty of time to see what it took to have success.
But in a four-run third inning for the Twins he walked No. 9 hitter Drew Butera, and it cost him. He also hit a batter in the inning.
“I don't say Butera is a bad hitter, he's only hitting .160,” said Guillen, who then chuckled. “When you walk that guy, batting ninth, you're looking at yourself getting in trouble. That's what he did. He hit [Joe] Mauer and got in trouble in that inning. But that's the only bad inning he had.”
More bad news came in the sixth inning when Danks had Luke Hughes picked off first base. Paul Konerko turned and threw to second base but the ball went over the bag and between shortstop Alexei Ramirez and second baseman Omar Vizquel.
Hughes never stopped running, scoring just ahead of Vizquel's relay throw to the plate.
“I'm not feeling sorry for myself, I put myself in this position,” said Danks, who started the season 0-8 and fell to 6-11 on Wednesday. “But it seems like this year whenever anything bad can happen it has. That's baseball. You have to be tough. And this year I learned a lot. I learned I can take anything and be ready for next year.”
Danks would have had to win each of his remaining starts to end the season with an even record, but that chance is lost now.
“Yeah, it's been a [expletive] year, no doubt,” Danks said. “I don't know how many starts I have left but I'll be ready to throw in those games. All in all it's been a crappy year. I'm looking forward to next year starting clean. I don't want to sound like I am giving up on the year, I'm not. But I'm definitely looking forward to starting with a clean slate.”