White Sox: Five Takeaways from Series Against Tigers

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Aug 4, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jose Quintana (62) pitches in the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 4, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jose Quintana (62) pitches in the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Chris Sale Gets No Run Support

Aug 3, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (49) sits in dugout during the sixth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 3, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (49) sits in dugout during the sixth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /

Sale hasn’t had much run support since returning from his suspension last Thursday against the Cubs. In his last two starts, the White Sox have scored just one run in each game for the left-handed pitcher. On Wednesday, Sale pitched his fourth complete game and recorded10 strikeouts against the Tigers.

Unfortunately, he left a fastball in the middle of the plate for pinch hitter J.D. Martinez and the Tigers jumped ahead 2-1 on the solo home run hit by the returning slugger in the eight inning. This was the second home run Martinez hit this season off Sale, and this was perhaps the biggest one hit. The Tigers were tied 1-1 with the White Sox, when Martinez pinch hit for James McCann in his return from the disabled list.

The White Sox were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position in Sale’s start on Wednesday. With the loss, Sale dropped his record to 14-5 on the season. Sale has yet to win a game after the All-Star break, and hasn’t won a decision since July 2 against the Houston Astros. His 10 strikeouts on Thursday were the first time he’s recorded double-digit strikeouts in any game this season.

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