What do the Chicago White Sox have to do to catch a break?
The White Sox were swept by the Minnesota Twins on Sunday afternoon after a 6-5 loss at Target Field in Minneapolis.
The four-game sweep resulted in the White Sox falling six games under .500 (35-41) and 11 losses in the last 15 games dating back to June 6th.
After three straight victories, White Sox left-hander John Danks struggled again against the Twins. In five-plus innings on Sunday, Danks gave up six earned runs on 10 hits, walked four (including the first two hitters he faced) and struck out just one on 101 pitches (60 strikes).
Although the White Sox fell behind 3-0 in the first two innings, the Good Guys tagged Minnesota starter Phil Hughes for five runs on six hits in the third inning to take a 5-3 lead.
In the fourth inning, the Twins regained the lead for good after a three-run inning. The Brian Dozier/Joe Mauer/Josh Willingham trio once again sparked Minnesota to their fifth win in seven meetings with the White Sox this season.
After the five-run third inning for the White Sox, take a wild guess at how many hits the Sox lineup had.
The answer: One.
I’d express how I really feel about that, but I don’t think my editors would approve a Bob Uecker impression at this time.
After a disappointing showing in Minneapolis, the White Sox head to Camden Yards for a three-game set with the Baltimore Orioles starting on Monday night. Chris Sale will get the start for the White Sox against O’s left-hander Wei-Yin Chen. First pitch on Monday is scheduled for 6:05 CT.
White Sox Notes:
- With John Danks’ four walks today, the White Sox pitching staff has now walked 289 hitters in 76 games. The 289 walks as a staff are the most in all of baseball. (Facepalm)
- The White Sox in the third inning: Five runs on six hits. The White Sox outside of the third inning: No runs on two hits.
- With six earned runs given up today, the White Sox have now matched their total number of starts with 6+ runs given up from the 2013 season. Sunday afternoon was the 13th start for White Sox starters giving up 6+ runs. 76 games in, 13 games with 6+ runs given up. Not a recipe for success.
Quick White Sox fact:
Through 76 games, the #WhiteSox still have yet to shut out an opponent. Longest streak to start season since 1939 (81 games).
— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) June 22, 2014