Saturday, July 6, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Rays 3, White Sox 0
By Chris Girandola
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Chicago White Sox suffered their second consecutive loss to the Tampa Bay Rays with a 3-0 defeat at Tropicana Field in the middle game of a three-game series.
How it happened: Once again, the White Sox failed to give starter Chris Sale any run support. The left-hander remained winless over his past seven starts (0-6) despite having a 3.10 ERA, 62 strikeouts and holding opponents to a .196 batting average over that span. This probably is a large reason he was selected to his second All-Star Game by Detroit manager Jim Leyland.
What it means: This is the fourth time Sale has received no run support during a start. He has received a total of nine runs over the seven starts. In his 16 starts, the White Sox have scored just 31 runs, making the 2.46 run support average the lowest in the majors this season.
Outside the box: The White Sox have dropped to 2-8 in their past 10 games and 10-26 in their past 36 contests. They have won just four of their past 22 road games and are 15-30 on the road this season.
Offbeat: The White Sox will face the Tigers in a three-game set later in the week, and Sale is schedule to start on Thursday, giving him the platform to prove his mettle in front of his All-Star manager.
Up next: The White Sox will send left-hander John Danks (2-5, 4.38 ERA) to the mound Sunday as they try to salvage a win in the last game of the series. The Rays will counter with left-hander David Price (2-4, 4.65 ERA) in the 12:40 p.m. CT start from Tropicana Field.