Chris Sale again gets no run support as Indians sweep Sox
BY TONI GINNETTI firstname.lastname@example.org June 30, 2013 9:58PM
Chris Sale, Tyler Flowers
Updated: August 2, 2013 7:31AM
The White Sox ended June with a season-high five-game home losing streak, and they’ll enter July facing sweeping changes.
While the Sox dug themselves deeper in the division cellar, the Cleveland Indians completed a four-game sweep with a 4-0 victory and moved into a tie for first place with the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central.
The Sox went 8-15 in June. It marked their fewest victories in a month since April 2001 and their worst June record since 1987, when they had seven victories.
Their overall record fell to a season-low 15 games under .500 (32-47), with only the Houston Astros having fewer victories in the American League.
The Sox managed only six hits (all singles) against Justin Masterson (10-6), who went the distance for the shutout. He struck out eight and was aided by four double plays.
The Sox were shut out for the eighth time this season, with lefty Chris Sale again the victim of no run support.
“You just have to keep your head up and keep chugging,’’ said Sale (5-7), who went 0-5 with a 3.19 ERA in June with only nine runs of support in six starts. He had no runs scored for him in three of those starts.
“It’s frustrating for any team. Losing [five games] in a row, you get frustrated, but that’s true for every team. Our focus is on turning it around.’’
But the Sox made more of the mistakes they’ve been making almost all season. Alejandro De Aza led off the fourth inning with a single, only to get picked off by catcher Yan Gomes.
“You’re trying to make sure you get a good lead to break up a double play, and you [stray off] too much,’’ manager Robin Ventura said. “Guys extend themselves into areas you shouldn’t be in, and that’s part of what we need to clean up.’’
Sale was credited with a quality start, going eight innings and giving up three runs and seven hits while striking out 10. He’s the first pitcher in Sox history to have at least eight 10-plus strikeout games in his first 44 starts. He’s tied for ninth in the majors this season with 114 strikeouts.