In the month of August, the Chicago White Sox went from a deep sleeper in the American League playoff race, to a bumbling , middle-of-the-road squad who continues to limp towards the finish of the 2014 season.
The White Sox lost their fifth straight game on Saturday afternoon and their fourth of the last six against the New York Yankees. White Sox starter Scott Carroll picked up his eighth loss of the season, going six innings and giving up four earned runs on seven hits.
Sure, the pitching for the White Sox hasn’t helped matters as the Sox fell 11 games below the .500 mark, but the offense hasn’t done their share either.
Jose Abreu had another multi-hit day at the dish, going 2-for-3 with a walk and his 94th run batted in on the season. Friday’s call-up, Carlos Sanchez, has four hits in the two games against the Yankees in the series. But, the Sox struggled once again with runners in scoring position (2-for-10) and left eight runners on base.
However, even with the offensive struggles and the pitching struggles, the problem today was an old issue.
“Defensively we put (Carroll) in some (tough) situations. We make some mistakes out there and with a lineup like this they will grind you. He pitched fairly well but you set him up with not making plays behind and then walking a couple guys. Put those guys in scoring position and they know how to get them in.”
-White Sox manager Robin Ventura on the defense, CSNChicago.com
The White Sox committed their 83rd error of the season, which is way down from their 121 errors last season (second-worst in baseball), but this season’s 83 errors is still ninth-worst in the majors.
Sanchez’s error didn’t completely cost the White Sox the game, but when the little things like walks, errors and missed opportunities add up, you’re not going to win many games at this level.
The Good Guys try to avoid a sweep and their sixth straight loss on Sunday afternoon in the Bronx. White Sox ace Chris Sale (10-3, 2.12 ERA) will try to snap the losing streak. The Yanks will send left-hander Chris Capuano to the mound. First pitch is scheduled for 12:05 CT from Yankee Stadium.
Also, congratulations to Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West Little League for defeating Mountain Ridge Little League of Las Vegas, Nevada to win the U.S. Championship of the Little League World Series. JRW will advance to the LLWS World Championship game on Sunday at 2:30 CT on ABC.
Finish the job on Sunday, fellas!