White Sox: Missed Scoring Opportunities Leads to Another Series Loss
White Sox had many chances to break through in their series finale against the Baltimore Orioles but were unable to do so as they lose another series.
The Chicago White Sox loss yet another series as they were defeated 4-3 by the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night. With the loss, the White Sox record dropped to 9-14 on the season and they finish their road trip with a 2-5 record against Detroit and Baltimore.
While starting pitching was the main culprit in the White Sox loss on Tuesday night to the Orioles, on Wednesday night, it was missed opportunities by the offense that led to a series loss. The Sox had plenty of chances to break through and take command of their game against Baltimore but failed to do so.
A once promising start to the season has led way to yet another frustrating path to what could be another long season. On Wednesday, the Sox trailed early as starting pitcher Ervin Santana couldn’t get into a groove at the start of the game against the Orioles. By the fourth inning, the Sox trailed Baltimore 4-1.
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In the sixth inning, the Sox had the chance to take the lead with the bases loaded after Ryan Cordell was hit with a pitch. This would score James McCann with just one out in the inning and cut the Sox deficit to 4-2.
Unfortunately, the Sox wouldn’t capitalize on their golden opportunity as Jose Rondon would have a poor at-bat that ended in a strikeout and Nicky Delmonico grounded out.
This wouldn’t be the end of the Sox missed scoring opportunities. With just one out in the seventh inning and Jose Abreu on third base and McCann on first base, after he hit a single, the Sox would fail to score a run. The Orioles continued to give this Sox team opportunities to take over the game but they wouldn’t comply.
It would get even more frustrating for Sox fans in the ninth inning. Once again, with one out in an inning, the Sox would fail to capitalize on yet another golden opportunity. This time, it would cost them the possibility to tie the game or take the lead. Abreu doubled to score Leury Garcia and cut the Sox deficit to 4-3 in the ninth inning.
However, McCann had a poor at-bat as he couldn’t check his swing on a two-strike slider from Mychal Givens. Yoan Moncada would end the game with a groundout. A fitting end to a horrible road trip for the Sox. After winning two consecutive series, the Sox have now lost back-to-back series for the second time this month.
The Sox are off on Thursday. They will open a 10-game homestand by starting a three-game series with the Detroit Tigers on Friday night. Things need to turn around quickly for this Sox team as this upcoming Summer is shaping up to be another tough one for fans who want to watch a winning ballclub.