Rapid Reaction: Indians 8, White Sox 1


CHICAGO -- The White Sox made it five consecutive defeats on the homestand, falling 8-1 to the Cleveland Indians on Saturday.

How it happened: More offensive struggles combined with a rough start from Andre Rienzo added up to the White Sox’s 14th defeat in their past 16 games. Rienzo lasted just four innings, giving up five runs on seven hits with four walks. The White Sox managed just six hits over the first eight innings against Indians starter Ubaldo Jimenez and did not advance a runner past second base. They finally scored in the ninth inning on a Josh Phegley sacrifice fly.

What it means: At 58-90, the White Sox are 32 games under .500 for the first time since ending the 1976 season with a 64-97 record. To avoid the club’s first 100-loss season since 1970, the White Sox need to win five of their last 14 games.

Outside the box: The White Sox fell to 2-14 against the Indians this season, with three more games remaining between the teams. It is the first time the White Sox have lost 14 games in a season to the Indians since 1952, when they went 8-14 in the season series.

Offbeat: The White Sox went green Saturday, wearing green caps and green uniform accents for the team’s annual Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Curiously, when it is actually St. Patrick’s Day during spring training, the White Sox celebrate the day with only green caps and regular uniforms. The promotion helped the White Sox draw a crowd of 28,024, their largest home crowd since Aug. 23, which was the day former White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski returned to U.S. Cellular Field as a member of the Texas Rangers.

Up next: The White Sox will send left-hander Chris Sale (11-12, 2.90 ERA) to the mound Sunday in the series finale. The Indians will counter with right-hander Zach McAllister (7-9, 4.11) in the 1:10 p.m. CT start from U.S. Cellular Field.