The Chicago White Sox finished a three-game with the San Diego Padres on Sunday afternoon with a 4-1 victory at U.S. Cellular Field. Chris Sale was masterful in his first complete-game outing of the year. Although the quirky lefty’s two-hitter was a huge boost for the Sox as they head to the West Coast, the weekend featured a lack of offensive production overall.
Saturday: Padres – 4, White Sox – 2
In Saturday’s 4-2 loss to the Padres, the White Sox only mustered five hits after only racking up four hits as a team on Friday night.
How bad had it been for the White Sox offense after Saturday’s loss?
Andre Rienzo struggled for the second straight outing as he picked up his second loss of the season. In 3 1/3 innings pitched, Rienzo gave up three earned runs on seven hits, walked two and struck out four on 80 pitches. The White Sox pitching staff walked seven hitters on the day.
Sunday: White Sox – 4, Padres – 1
Stop me when you’ve heard this one before: Chris Sale was dominant in a White Sox win.
Sale’s performance against the San Diego offense rivaled his masterful start against the New York Yankees earlier this month.
Not only did Sale strike out nine hitters and throw the first complete game for the White Sox pitching staff on Sunday, he did not walk a hitter and gave up just two hits on 100 pitches. Sale faced 28 hitters, one over the minimum.
To further show how dominant Chris Sale’s been this season, CSN Chicago stat master Christopher Kamka provided quite the stat between Chicago Cubs ace Jeff Samardzija and his rough outing on Sunday, compared to Sale’s entire 2014 campaign.
The Sox head West for six straight games starting on Monday from beautiful Chavez Ravine in Los Angeles. The featured storyline heading into the series with the Dodgers for the Sox is the return of Cuban powerhouse Jose Abreu.
Abreu was activated Sunday from the 15-day disabled list and received his American League Rookie and Player of the Month awards before the game.
With Abreu’s return, the Sox sent Marcus Semien down to Triple-A Charlotte.