Boy, this is getting fun, isn't it?
Friday's 13-3 loss at the hands of the Seattle Mariners was yet another showing — the third in recent memory — in which the White Sox's pitching woes somehow managed to overshadow the offensive dry spell that is getting more and more pathetic by day.
The Sox were held hitless by Seattle starter Roenis Elias until the fifth inning, but the game was far from out of reach when Conor Gillaspie broke Elias' stretch of dominance with a double in the fifth as the Mariners led just 3-0.
That double, as it turned out, wasn't the White Sox breaking out of a funk so much as it was a meaningless blip on an otherwise miserable night as the Mariners went on to pound out at least two run in five straight innings off Scott Carroll and the pile of turds otherwise known as the White Sox bullpen.
- The numbers of late have been fun to look at if you're into things like getting kicked in the balls or lit on fire. The White Sox have now lost three straight and five of six. The only victory of late was a rain-shortened game over the team with the worst record in baseball. They've now allowed 13 runs or more in three of their last five games and have been outscored 59-18 during this same stretch.
- Let the scoreboard watching begin! And by that I mean it's time to start paying attention to the White Sox falling into the league's bottom 10. A bottom 10 record not only means a better draft pick but also not having to forfeit a draft pick for any Type A free agents this winter. As of the end of play on Thursday, the White Sox sit 1/2 of a game behind the Mets for the No. 10 spot. It's depressing — I'm well aware — but these are among the very few important things to pay attention to over these final two months.
- Some more fun stuff happened when the freshly-minted Maikel Cleto hit Kendrys Morales in the eighth inning, a maybe-not/maybe-so retaliation for Elias' plunking of Jose Abreu a few innings earlier. Warnings were issues and Lloyd McClendon was tossed. Somewhere, Kirk Gibson is smiling.
- Erik Surkamp threw one pitch on Thursday and retired Endy Chavez on a sacrifice bunt. Say hello to the most successful White Sox pitcher of the evening!
- Oh you want good news? Well Andre Rienzo was sent down to Triple-A Charlotte after allowing three earned runs in .1 innings on Thursday, making room for what is expected to be the activation of Zach Putnam from the disabled list before Friday's game. Oh, and Dayan Viciedo homered for the second straight game.
- Jose Quintana takes the mount against Hisashi Iwakuma in Game 2 of the series on Friday. 9:10 p.m. start time on the West Coast so drink some coffee, James.
Team Record: 55-61
Next game is Friday at 9:10 p.m. CT on CSN at Seattle.