Friday, May 23, 2014

Felipe Paulino's struggles continue in 15-6 loss for Charlotte Knights

The plan was for Felipe Paulino to come to Charlotte and make three rehab appearances as he recovered from right rotator cuff inflammation and then return to the Chicago rotation.

Five starts later, the 30-year-old is running out of time to convince the White Sox he’s ready. 

In Friday’s 15-6 loss to the Indianapolis Indians, Paulino was spotted a six-run lead in the second only to exit after 4 and 2/3 innings of work with the game tied at 6.

Paulino (0-3) allowed five hits, walked six and struck out five. He threw 99 pitches, 52 for strikes.
With a maximum of nine days remaining with the Knights before Chicago is required to activate him, Paulino has allowed 21 earned runs on 30 hits and 16 walks in 19.2 innings.

In the bottom of the second, Charlotte sent 10 to the plate against Indianapolis starter Vance Worley on its way to a season-high six run inning.

The Knights then watched as the Indians ran up 15 unanswered.

Paulino surrendered three in the third and three more on a Gregory Polanco three-run shot in the fourth. The home run for Polanco was his sixth of the season and gave the right-fielder four RBIs in two games against Charlotte.

Dylan Axelrod came on in relief and surrendered one run in 3 and 1/3 to fall to 1-5 on the season.

Things got ugly to watch for the sold-out crowd of 10,367 at BB&T BallPark in the ninth, when the combination of Donnie Veal and Frank De Los Santos allowed a season-high eight runs on four hits, three walks, a wild pitch and two hit batters.

The Knights and Indians will play game three of their four-game series on Saturday, with Tommy Hanson (2-4, 4.60 ERA) scheduled to take the mound across from Jake Brigham (1-2, 3.53).

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