On June 4th, the Chicago White Sox beat the Los Angeles Dodgers to get above the .500 mark on the season (31-30).
Since that 2-1 victory, the Sox are 2-7.
The White Sox were swept by the Kansas City Royals on Sunday afternoon, 6-3. The loss was the fourth straight loss for the Sox dating back to the series finale against the Detroit Tigers last Thursday night.
The theme of the three-game series loss for the White Sox was simple: get in a hole early and struggle to dig your way out.
The Royals struck for two runs in the opening frame, followed by a three-run inning in the third inning to put the Sox in a 5-1 hole early on.
Sunday was the 30th game this season that the White Sox did not hit a home run. With the loss, the Sox are now 6-24 in those games.
For the fourth straight outing since his 4-0 start, Andre Rienzo struggled. Rienzo gave up a pair of home runs in his six innings of work, gave up six runs (all earned) on six hits, walked four and struck out three on 105 pitches.
6.44 ERA for White Sox starters (36 ER in 50.1 IP) over last 9 games. 2 quality starts (Danks & Sale Wed & Thu vs DET)
— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) June 15, 2014
The Sox enjoy an off-day on Monday, then host the National League West-leading San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night. John Danks will try to continue his stretch of solid starts against the Giants. San Francisco will send three-time All-Star Matt Cain to the hill. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 CT.
White Sox Notes:
- Although the Sox only scored three runs on Sunday, they logged 12 hits. The issue? Hitting with runners in scoring position again. The Sox were 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position on Sunday.
- Adam Eaton had a phenomenal series against the Royals over the weekend. In 14 plate appearances, Eaton reached base 10 times (six hits, four walks). That’s what you want to see from your “spark plug”, as “Hawk” Harrelson likes to call Eaton.
- Kansas City has the Good Guys’ number. Since 2008 (the last season the White Sox made the postseason), the Royals are 62-56 against the Sox, including a 6-3 mark this season.
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