White Sox’ ninth straight loss has familiar ring
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN firstname.lastname@example.org August 3, 2013 8:53PM
Updated: August 4, 2013 3:58PM
DETROIT — The White Sox’ latest loss had a familiar ring to it: A well-pitched game by a starting pitcher with nothing to show for it.
“We can’t get across home plate, and that makes it tough to win a game,” manager Robin Ventura said.
Left-hander John Danks allowed three solo home runs but not much else as the Detroit Tigers won 3-0 on Saturday night to extend the Sox’ losing streak to a season-high nine games.
American League All-Star Game starter Max Scherzer (16-1) held the Sox to three singles in 7 2/3 innings.
The Sox (40-68) have lost 15 of their last 18 games. During the nine-game skid, Sox starting pitchers’ collective ERA is 2.72. Their hitters have supplied more than two runs in two of those games.
Torii Hunter homered in the first, Jhonny Peralta went deep in the second and Jose Iglesias homered in the fourth for the AL Central-leading Tigers (63-45), who have won seven straight. Danks allowed one hit after Iglesias’ homer, a soft single to center by Ramon Santiago.
Danks (2-9) allowed six hits and one walk while striking out six.
Scherzer gave up three hits and three walks while striking out six.
“It is pretty tough to do much against Scherzer right now,” Ventura said. “He’s just got too much stuff. He can throw all of his off-speed pitches exactly where he wants them, and you can’t tell them apart from his fastball. So you are watching for the break, and you don’t have a chance to catch up to his velocity.”
The Tigers will go for a three-game series sweep Sunday. Rookie Andre Rienzo will start for the Sox against the Tigers’ Rick Porcello.