Jun 12, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcherChris Sale
(49) and Chicago White Sox catcherTyler Flowers
(21) react Detroit Tigers designated hitterVictor Martinez
(no pictured) scores a run in the fifth inning at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports
As I wrote following last night’s game where the Chicago White Sox lost 4-0 to the Detroit Tigers, this ball club lacks a winning consistency, even though they are more than capable of being a few games over the .500 mark, and not one game under that after 67 games.
The White Sox are 33-34 on the year, but they could have easily won last night, and there are a couple other recent games that could have easily been wins, and not losses.
That is baseball though … nothing is ever easy.
Jun 12, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox right fielder Dayan Viciedo (24) reacts after being called out in the ninth inning against the Detroit Tigers at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports
Take for example the White Sox have just one four-game winning streak this season, and three of those wins were against the Chicago Cubs. Last month, the White Sox had that four-game winning streak and a different three-game winning streak.
That is it.
In April they never won more than two games in a row, and thus far this month, the most wins in a row is two as well.
Even though last night was a loss, that had nothing to do with the pitching of Chris Sale, as he, once again, pitched close to lights out. He had one mistake on a slider that ended up being a home run by Victor Martinez and that was it in seven innings of work.
Sale spoke about his night as posted in an article from the official White Sox web site:
"“Since my last start, I had a lot of time to ruminate about what I needed to get better at: Didn’t look like it tonight. The last game, it was giving up a homer, and this game it was giving up a homer.”"
In his previous start Sale (5-1, 1.97 ERA) allowed a grand slam to Mike Trout that cost him a win as well.
Sale’s final line was: seven innings pitched with one run on five hits and no walks. He struck out 10, as it was his first loss of the year.
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Sale’s line was very good, the problem was Max Scherzer was better, holding the White Sox to just three hit and no runs, while he also had the first complete game of his career.
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