The White Sox lost another game to the Seattle Mariners. With this loss, the Sox can say they have not won a series in April 2018.
The White Sox have only one series left in April and it would be nice to end the month on a high note.
Yes, the team is in a rebuild, but there is too much talent to have this many losses so early in the season. In 20 games, the Sox have only won five, including two in March. The only two games in March.
The Sox lost the Wednesday matinee game against the Mariners by a score of 4-3. On a positive note, the last two losses have been by only one run.
The offensive high notes
It is also worth noting that Yoan Moncada hit a home run today. And, not just any home runs. He hit it off of the very first pitch from Felix Hernandez. Then, Yolmer Sanchez scored another run in the first inning off of a Tim Anderson single.
The third and final Sox run was also scored by Sanchez who crossed home on a single by Daniel Palka. Then, the bats went silent. In the fourth through ninth innings, the Sox recorded only one single and one out, in the fifth inning. In the other innings, the Mariners pitchers saw the minimum number of batters.
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Shields was Shields
As expected, all of the runs the Mariners scored were credited to James Shields. He continues to be the pitcher that we all expected him to be. He continually gives up hits and batters are able to capitalize on his hittable stuff.
Shields’ pitched six innings and gave up four of nearly everything – hits, runs, and walks. He did strike out four batters. And, gave up one home run. He’s just not good. His weak performances are getting old.
The bullpen was much better than Shields was today. Gregory Infante, Aaron Bummer, and Bruce Rondon gave up no runs in their three combined innings of work. This was refreshing. But, it seems as if the Sox either get a good bullpen or a good start. Hopefully, this will change so the team can get a few wins.
There is a chance that the Sox could end April with a few wins. The Sox head to Kauffman Stadium to face the Kansas City Royals for a four-game series. Lucas Giolito will pitch against Jakob Junis. And, Reynaldo Lopez will face Danny Duffy. The Royals and Sox are battling for the bottom of the AL Central and the AL-in-general.