May 7, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher John Danks (50) throws a pitch against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Missing: The Chicago White Sox Offense

This might not be the best statistical comparison to use, but hey, stepping outside the box isn’t the worst thing in the world from time to time.

Patrick Kane in an epic Game 6 performance for the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night: Two goals and an assist (3 points).

The Chicago White Sox offense in a 4-1 loss to the San Diego Padres: Four hits, five left on base in the first four innings.

The White Sox lost the opener of a three-game series with the Padres due to a lack of offense, which seems rare to say this season. In the runs, batting average and slugging percentage categories, the Sox rank inside the top-10 (5th in runs, 7th in batting average and 10th in slugging percentage).

For the first four innings, the Sox had a run on four hits and were tied with the Padres after four. In the next five innings, no runs and no hits.

Credit should be given to the stellar Padres pitching staff for their performance on Friday. Ian Kennedy, the National League leader in wins in 2011, struck out nine in six innings pitched. Three Padres relievers did not give up a hit in their three innings of work.

John Danks wasn’t on his A-game like he was the previous weekend against the New York Yankees, but held down the fort in his seven innings of work. Danks gave up two earned runs on eight hits, a walk and struck out four on 103 pitches.

The second game of three is set for Saturday afternoon at 1:10 CT. Andre Rienzo will take the hill for the White Sox, while San Diego sends right-hander Tyson Ross to the mound.


White Sox Notes:

  • The Sox only had four hits on Friday night. Conor Gillaspie had half of those four. Gillaspie has been on an absolute tear since his return from a hand injury. In 35 games, Gillaspie is hitting a team-high .356 with 18 RBI’s.
  • Although the wins haven’t been there, John Danks is starting to find a groove in the White Sox rotation.

  • Funny stat (at least to me) of the 4-1 loss: Every White Sox hitter struck out at least once … except Adam Dunn, who went 0-for-3.

Tags: Adam Dunn Andre Rienzo Chicago White Sox Conor Gillaspie John Danks Mlb Patrick Kane San Diego Padres

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