The Chicago White Sox number of the day is … six.
Six is the number of opportunities the Sox had with runners in scoring position. Six is also the number of losses the White Sox have in their last eight games.
Continuing the odd trend of going winless on Saturdays during the 2014 season, the White Sox were clobbered by the Kansas City Royals, 9-1.
With Saturday’s loss, the Sox are 0-11 on Saturdays this season. Personally, that’s one of the oddest statistics that I have seen involving the White Sox.
The trend that started to develop during the June 2-4 series with the Los Angeles Dodgers showed itself once more on Saturday for the Sox. In the fourth inning, the Good Guys found themselves down 5-0 after 3 1/2 innings. The Royals sent eight hitters to the plate and chased White Sox starter Hector Noesi from the game after 3 2/3 innings.
After winning two straight decisions, Noesi struggled and failed to get out of the big fourth inning for Kansas City. In 3 2/3 innings, Noesi gave up five runs (two earned) on eight hits, walked one and struck out four on 85 pitches.
Outside of captain Paul Konerko‘s 3-for-4 day at the plate, the rest of the White Sox lineup was 4-for-30.
The Sox try to avoid a sweep on Sunday afternoon. Andre Rienzo will get the start for the White Sox, while Royals ace James Shields takes the mound for Kansas City. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 CT.
(Side note: As a White Sox fan, it’s pretty frustrating to see the Sox struggle at home on the day that most fans come down to the ballpark.
Sure, not all 11 Saturday losses have been at home, but some of the largest U.S. Cellular Field crowds of the season have been on Saturday. Those days have been great chances for the Sox to sway some of the casual fans back to the ballpark.
Example: May 24th against the New York Yankees. John Danks threw a eight-inning, three-hit gem. The Sox blew a three-run lead in the ninth inning and lost in the 10th inning.)
White Sox Notes:
- After Saturday’s loss, the Sox are 3-5 this season against the Royals. The Sox were 9-10 against Kansas City in 2013 and haven’t had a winning record against the Royals since the 2010 season.
- Paul Konerko had his second three-hit game of the season on Saturday. The first was in a 6-4 White Sox win on April 23rd against the Detroit Tigers.
- After 69 games, the White Sox lead the MLB in strikeouts. With 11 more on Saturday, the Sox have 620 K’s on the season (8.99/game). The next closest? The Houston Astros with 591.
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