CHICAGO -- This simply hasn't been the White Sox week. Following a snowout in Minneapolis, a sweep in Oakland and now Saturday's 10-1 loss to the Astros, the White Sox have lost six consecutive games while being outscored 54-15.The White Sox also tied their franchise record with four straight contests
CHICAGO -- This simply hasn't been the White Sox week. Following a snowout in Minneapolis, a sweep in Oakland and now Saturday's 10-1 loss to the Astros, the White Sox have lost six consecutive games while being outscored 54-15.
The White Sox also tied their franchise record with four straight contests of allowing 10 or more runs, with the other two instances occurring in May 1999 and August 2007.
"Right now, honestly, we're just in a little bit of a rut," manager Rick Renteria said. "It's just like I told the guys when I was coming in, this thing will turn. It'll turn, the thing is we have to continue to work, continue to stay positive, continue to prepare every single day, continue to give a good effort."
Poor starting pitching again doomed the White Sox on Saturday, as Lucas Giolito struggled to find the strike zone in two-plus innings. Giolito finished with a career-high seven walks, including three to begin the second inning, which Josh Reddick took advantage of by hitting a grand slam to put Houston up 8-0 at the time.
On the season, Giolito has given up 21 runs (20 earned) and walked 19 batters in 20 innings.
"About as bad as it could get," Giolito said. "I didn't have a feel for much of anything. Seven walks, unacceptable. Put the bullpen in that situation, unacceptable. Luckily they did a really good job later after I came out of the game early. But it's one of those ones that you throw away and move onto tomorrow."
Giolito added that he didn't feel as though he was trying to be too careful against the Astros' powerful lineup, but that he was just "all over the place."
Offensively, the White Sox were stuck in the mud again against another former Cy Young Award winner in Dallas Keuchel. Chicago managed only four hits off the lefty, though Trayce Thompson hit his first home run of the year in the fifth -- a solo shot to right field.
Additionally, Danny Farquhar was on everyone's mind after the White Sox announced the reliever suffered a brain hemorrhage due to a ruptured aneurysm during Friday night's game. The White Sox hung Farquhar's jersey in both the dugout and bullpen, and several players inscribed his initials on their hats.
"I didn't see any of [the players] putting their head down, I thought they were actually trying to play for him a little bit today," Renteria said. "I know the results weren't what we wanted, but I think they were trying to go out there and put on a good face and do the best that they could."
Per the latest team update Saturday afternoon, Farquhar remains stable but in critical condition at Rush University Medical Center.
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Things are getting tight: After Yoan Moncada grounded out to third base in the bottom of the second, Renteria pulled Moncada from the game after he appeared to slow down running up the line. Word was originally that Moncada was pulled in a manager's decision, but Renteria said after the game that Moncada's left hamstring tightened up. Leury Garcia replaced Moncada at second base. More >>
At 4-13, the White Sox are off to their worst start since 1968. Their 1-7 home record is their worst start since 1971.
Reynaldo Lopez (0-2, 1.42 ERA) takes the hill in Sunday's series finale against the Astros at 1:10 p.m. CT. Lopez has been stellar through three starts, allowing just four runs (three earned) on eight hits in 19 innings. He has walked 11 hitters though. Lance McCullers (2-1, 5.57) goes for the Astros, who have won five games in a row.
Max Gelman is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago.