For the second time in their last three games, the Chicago White Sox logged just only four hits in a loss. Tuesday’s night loss to the Oakland Athletics was much worse.
Sox starter Scott Carroll was shelled for six earned runs on 11 hits in five innings pitched. Oakland scored eight of their 11 runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. Eight of the nine Oakland starters logged at least one hit. Six of the nine starters logged multi-hit games.
In the last seven games playing in Oakland, the Sox run totals look like this:
Shutout, four, shutout, three, shutout, four, shutout.
With Tuesday’s shutout, the Sox have now scored four or fewer runs in their 16 games at the O.Co Coliseum.
A’s starter Drew Pomeranz was razor-sharp in his five innings against the Sox lineup. Pomeranz gave up just three hits, walked two and struck out eight on 82 pitches.
White Sox Notes:
- With Tuesday’s loss, the White Sox have now lost nine of their last 14 games dating back to April 29th.
- Since 2001, the Sox are 15-41 in games played in Oakland. Is that bad?
- Tuesday was the fourth time that the Sox have been shut out this season in the first 41 games.
On Tuesday afternoon, it was reported that White Sox ace left-hander Chris Sale will make his first rehab start since straining a flexor muscle in his throwing arm. ESPN Chicago’s Doug Padilla wrote a small piece on Sale’s return to the mound.
Chris Sale will return to the mound Thursday as he makes an injury-rehab start for Triple-A Charlotte at Durham.
Sale hasn’t pitched since April 18 as he recovers from a flexor muscle strain in his left arm. His last outing was a 127-pitch effort against the Boston Red Sox.
The 25-year-old left-hander opened the season with a 3-0 record and a 2.30 ERA over his first four starts.
It is expected to be the first of two injury-rehab starts for Sale, who might be ready to return to the White Sox for the May 23-25 series against the New York Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field.
-Doug Padilla, ESPNChicago.com