Saturday, August 3, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Tigers 3, White Sox 0
By Chuck Pleiness Special to ESPNChicago.com
DETROIT -- The Chicago White Sox continue to search for their first win since July 25 after falling to the Detroit Tigers 3-0 on Saturday at Comerica Park. Coincidently, their last win came against the Tigers with former starter Jake Peavy on the mound.
How it happened: Three bad pitches from John Danks added up to three long balls for the Tigers, and it equaled another loss for the White Sox. Detroit got solo homers from Torii Hunter (first inning), Jhonny Peralta (second) and Jose Iglesias (fourth). Chicago could muster up only three hits off Detroit starter Max Scherzer and didn’t advance a runner past second base until the bottom of the ninth. The White Sox finished with four hits. It’s the 11th time this season the White Sox have failed to score a run. Alex Rios, who got to third base in the ninth, did steal his 24th base of the season.
What it means: Chicago has now lost a season-high nine games in a row, which also matches its longest losing streak on the road this season. The White Sox have also dropped 15 of their past 18 games and are a season-high 28 games under .500 and a staggering 23 games behind Detroit in the AL Central division standings. They also drop to 18-40 (.310) on the road, the lowest winning percentage in the major leagues.
Outside the box: Danks is now 0-6 in eight starts on the road. The road losing streak matches the longest of his career, which he set in 2011. The White Sox starting pitcher is 4-9 lifetime against the Tigers. His last win in Detroit came on July 26, 2008.
Off beat: Chicago got the leadoff batter on base in three of the first five innings against Scherzer but could not move any of them up a base. In the second, Adam Dunn had a base hit and was stranded after the next three in the lineup were retired, two by way of strikeouts. The same thing occurred in the fifth. Dayan Viciedo walked and two of the next three who came to the plate fanned. In the third, Gordon Beckham walked to start the inning but was forced out on a fielder's choice.
Up next: The White Sox end their three-game series with the Tigers on Sunday by sending right-hander Andre Rienzo (0-0, 0.00 ERA) to the mound. Rienzo went seven innings in his major league debut Tuesday night in Cleveland, not allowing an earned run, scattering five hits and walking three. Detroit counters with right-hander Rick Porcello (8-6, 4.49) for the 12:05 p.m. CT start time at Comerica Park.