The longest Chicago White Sox losing streak of the first half of the season: five games (June 19-23). From June 12th to the 23rd, the White Sox lost nine of 11 games.
Sunday marked a new low for the White Sox, as the Good Guys dropped their sixth straight and were swept by the New York Yankees, 7-4 in 10 innings.
Not only did the White Sox losing streak reach six games for the first time all year, the loss was the 13th loss in the last 17 games for the Sox. The loss also dropped the White Sox to a season-low 12 games below the .500 mark (59-71).
“We make a couple of mistakes. Everything happens, it’s baseball. You have to keep your head up and play hard.”
-Avisail Garcia after the 7-4 loss on Sunday afternoon, CSNChicago.com
The game began to get away from the White Sox in the sixth inning. With one out and a 3-0 lead in the sixth inning, Martin Prado (who had been a White Sox killer all series long), hit a high fly-ball to Dayan Viciedo in left field. Viciedo had a beat on the ball, but dropped the ball and the rally began for the Yankees.
Mark Teixeira would double after the error by Viciedo, Carlos Beltran and Francisco Cervelli walked and Zelous Wheeler was plunked by White Sox starter Chris Sale to cut the lead to 3-2. Ichiro would rip a go-ahead, two-run single to give the Yanks a 4-3 lead.
“Stuff like that happens. You have to find a way to get through that and unfortunately for myself and my team I was not able to get through that. I just wasn’t able to capitalize when I needed to. Things kind of just unraveled for me in the sixth, just left pitches up to guys that will make you pay and that was that.”
-Chris Sale on his outing against New York on Sunday, CSNChicago.com
Although Avisail Garcia led the ninth inning off with a home run off Yankees closer David Robertson to tie the game at four, the White Sox would fall in the 10th, thanks to a three-run walk-off shot from Yankees catcher Brian McCann.
What’s odd about today: The White Sox scored four runs and all came via the home run. Alexei Ramirez led the game off with a solo shot to left, Conor Gillaspie drilled his sixth homer of the season in the sixth and Garcia’s game-tying shot in the ninth.
When the White Sox utilize the long ball, they usually win ballgames (127 home runs in 130 games, seventh-best in baseball).
What’s also odd: Tomorrow marks the fourth “off-day” for the White Sox in the last 15 days. In that 15-day period, the Good Guys are just 2-9.
After the off-day on Monday, the White Sox move to a seven-game home-stand, starting with the Cleveland Indians. Jose Quintana will start for the Sox on Tuesday night, while right-hander T.J. House gets the ball for the Tribe. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 CT.