How it happened: Chris Sale retired the first nine batters he faced before a bunt single from the Indians’ Drew Stubbs started a two-run rally. Sale struck out 10 and yet his streak without a victory was extended to six games. The White Sox managed just six singles off Indians starter Justin Masterson and didn’t get a runner past first base until the seventh inning. The loss dropped the White Sox to 32-47 and they are 15 games under .500 for the first time since the 2007 season when they ended the year with a 72-90 mark.
What it means: Forgive Sale if he asks, “Was it anything I said?” The left-hander dropped to 0-5 over his last six starts. Don’t blame him. His ERA over that time is a tidy 2.55. During his winless stretch, Sale has received just nine runs of support. His last win came May 17 against the Angels when he pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings. In typical stingy fashion, the White Sox had scored just twice for him that day at the time he exited the game.
Outside the box: In the four-game sweep, the White Sox’s offense declined gradually from 10 runs in the opener, to eight in the second game, three on Saturday and then Sunday’s shutout. It was the first time the White Sox had been swept in a four-game series by the Indians since 1995 and the first time they were swept in a four-game series at home by Cleveland since 1948. The last time the White Sox were swept at home in a four-game series was in 2007 when the Red Sox did it.
Off beat: The idea of wearing uniforms from the 1983 season was to celebrate the “Winning Ugly” club. What White Sox have managed to do in those duds is provide some ugly offensive production. In home games on Sunday, when the White Sox wear the old uniforms with navy blue and red trim, they have yet to score more than four runs. They do have a winning record at 4-3, but in those three losses they have averaged two runs per game.
Up next: After an off day Monday the White Sox will send left-hander John Danks (1-5, 4.68 ERA) to the mound Tuesday against Orioles right-hander Jason Hammel (7-4, 5.09) in the 7:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.