On Friday night, the featured number was: three.
Saturday night doubled the featured number.
The Chicago White Sox fell to 2-6 on the road with a 6-3 loss on Saturday night to the Texas Rangers. The loss was the fourth in a row for the Sox, who fell to 8-10 on the season.
Jose Quintana picked up his first loss of the season after struggling in his five-inning outing against the Rangers. In five full innings, Quintana gave up five runs (all earned) on nine hits, with two walks and just one strikeout on 98 pitches.
To save arms in the bullpen, Jake Petricka finished off the final three innings for the Sox. In three innings, Petricka gave up an earned run on four hits with one strikeout.
The Sox were better at the plate compared to Friday’s 12-0 shutout. They not only scored (three runs), but logged nine hits. After trailing 5-1 in the 8th, Dayan Viciedo ripped a two-run single into left field that cut the Ranger lead to 5-3. Rangers third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff continued his early-season tear with a solo shot off Petricka in the bottom half of the eighth to give Texas a 6-3 lead and the game.
On a night where Jose Quintana didn’t have his best stuff, neither did the White Sox offense. The late push was something the Sox have produced in the first 18 games, but it was not to be on Saturday.
- Sox CF Adam Eaton is day-to-day after straining his left hamstring on Saturday night. Per White Sox beat writer Scott Merkin, Robin Ventura expects Eaton to miss about three days with the injury.
- Alexei Ramirez‘s franchise-record 17-game hit streak to begin a season ended last night when Ramirez went 0-for-4 and left eight men on base on Saturday. Ramirez hit into two double plays, including a big one to end the eighth inning.
- Jose Abreu got back on track a bit with a 2-for-3 night at the plate. Adam Dunn joined Abreu in the multi-hit club with three hits in four at-bats.
- It’s tough to snap a losing streak when every start on the opposing team logs a hit. The nine Rangers in Saturday’s lineup smacked 13 hits, with each player logging at least one hit.
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