In the words of White Sox manager Robin Ventura on the 5-1 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the series finale of a three game set: “It stunk.”
He’s not lying.
In the third loss in the last four games for the Sox, they mustered just four hits and committed their 31st error of the season, which is tied for the third-most in baseball.
Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham had half of the total team hits (went 2-for-4 at the plate). The only run of the game for the Sox came from right fielder Moises Sierra. In the sixth inning, Sierra hit a solo home run off D’Backs starter Chase Anderson, who made a great major league debut on Sunday.
In his fourth start for the White Sox, Hector Noesi wasn’t sharp, but “at least gave us a chance”, according to Robin Ventura. In six innings, Noesi gave up three earned runs on eight hits, walked three and struck out four on 117 pitches.
According to MLB.com’s Scott Merkin, Ventura wasn’t happy with his team’s performance on Sunday and he made it known.
Ventura’s frustration does make sense. Arizona was 11 games under the .500 mark coming into today. Losing a tight game like Saturday is understandable, but today’s effort and performance were both below average. Ventura’s frustration could be a spark with the Sox hitting the road for nine straight games, starting on Monday in Oakland.
White Sox Notes:
- With 10 strikeouts on Sunday, the White Sox have 355 total strikeouts in 39 games, which still leads the league by at least 20 (Miami had 335 before Sunday’s game began).
- The Sox begin a nine-game-in-10-day road trip in Oakland on Monday night. No off days after May 15th for the Sox until May 29th.
- Since April 29th, Gordon Beckham has logged a hit in all but one game (May 4th vs. Cleveland). Beckham had two hits Sunday. During the month of May, Beckham’s hitting .282.
- During last night’s 2-1 win for the Double-A Birmingham Barons, rehabbing infielder Jeff Keppinger went 2-for-3 with a walk.