This weekend’s featured numbers: Three and six.
Both were not numbers the White Sox wanted to see. Three total hits in the series opener against the Texas Rangers and Saturday’s loss was the sixth road loss for the Sox on the season.
Sunday’s featured number: Four.
Four was the total number of hits and RBI’s for second baseman Marcus Semien in a 16-2 Sox win over the Rangers in the finale of the three-game series in Arlington. Four was also the length of the White Sox losing streak before Sunday’s blowout win.
Marcus Semien was 4-for-6 with a triple, three other White Sox hitters logged three hits each and the Sox improved to 9-10 on the young season.
Along with the power surge offensively for the White Sox, Erik Johnson and three Sox relievers combined for a two-hitter. Johnson went five full innings, walked five, but only gave up one run on one hit and struck out two in his first win of the season. Recent Sox call-up Andre Rienzo saw action in the eighth inning out of the bullpen. Rienzo walked one, gave up a hit and struck out one in his single inning of work.
The Sox continue their road trip with a four-game series against the Detroit Tigers on Monday night. The Good Guys send left-hander John Danks (1-0, 3.32 ERA) to the mound, while the Tigers will send right-hander Anibal Sanchez (0-1, 3.21 ERA).
- The only White Sox hitter who didn’t reach base today was Adam Dunn. Dunn was 0-for-6 at the plate on Sunday. It was the first game that Dunn hadn’t reached base at least once in a game.
- Not only didn’t Marcus Semien knock in four RBI’s on Sunday, he knocked them all in with two outs. The Sox had 11 RBI’s with two outs vs. the Rangers. Execution.
- Four innings of shut-out baseball from three Sox relievers is exactly what the bullpen needed. Just like in every other sport, confidence (and consistency) is key.
- Sox 2B Gordon Beckham hit a home run for the Birmingham Barons today in a 8-3 loss, but committed three errors. It’s possible that Beckham could be with the Sox by the end of the upcoming week.
In regards to the White Sox rotation without Felipe Paulino…
CSN Chicago’s Dan Hayes provided a glimpse at the near future for the White Sox rotation:
Robin Ventura said the 26 pitches thrown by Andre Rienzo doesn't rule him out of Wednesday's start. He's the favorite for now.
— Dan Hayes (@DanHayesCSN) April 20, 2014