Second verse, same as the first; Sox flail, fall

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Second verse, same as the first; Sox flail, fall

Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Posted: 7:57 p.m. Updated: 9:38 p.m.

By Brett Ballantini
CSNChicago.com

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.In the category of wheezing offense, the Chicago White Sox accept their nomination with a shrug.

It was a second straight ineffectual effort by the Pale Hose offense, traipsing gently through the start of their 11-game road trip with bats so soft youd swear they were made of Wiffle.

After David Price checked the Chisox with a four-hit gem on Monday night, James Shields matched those four and raised with a 2-1, complete-game win. At this pace, earmark a no-hitter for Wade Davis tomorrow night. John Danks fastened on a brave face in the loss, going seven innings and allowing just two runs, putting up five strikeouts against zero walks.

Tip your hat to Shields, Danks said. I made a couple of mistakes Id like to have back, but seven innings, two runs, Ill take our chances.

Danks teammates did more than toss laurels at the opposing hurler.

Danks did well, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. Its a shame when you waste good pitching.

In a game like tonight, tip your cap to Danks, Paul Konerko said. He threw great. Its tough to keep putting up zeroes and getting outs when youre not seeing a lot out of your own team, so you have to hand it to Johnny there.

Two triples, one from Ben Zobrist in the first and the other from Sean Rodriguez in the fifth, were the foundation of into Tampas run-scoring innings. With zeroes weighting the White Sox down, Shields needed no more support..

The White Sox, wearing their road grays, did not have a white flag to wavebut such pomp is unnecessary when the teams hardest-hit ball came on a Gordon Beckham 300-hopper up the middlein the first inning.

The White Sox are hitting .205 over their past 10 games and have scored just 12 runs during their current, six-game losing streak.

Adam Dunn has become the poster boy for Chicagos starvation at the dish, going 2-23 with 14 strikeouts since his appendectomy. But blame, there is too much to spread.

Maybe they are trying to do too much, Guillen opined. That doesnt help. But when youre struggling, back off a little bit, relax and start to enjoy the game. We arent enjoying it right now, and that isnt a good way to play.

Danks, who spend the postgame of his previous start repeating the mantra we will win these games after a blown save erased a win for him, found a new one: We will hit.

We have seen all these guys hit, he said. These guys will score runs over the course of the year.

One of those guys, Konerko, is as professorial as youll find on a baseball diamond. He couldnt offer a guaranteed solution to Chicagos offensive problems, but he was clear on what the team couldnt do.

A little skid of a few games, its hard to do but you have to crumple up these games and throw them out as quick as you can, come back tomorrow and be ready to play, he proffered. Otherwise thats how six turns into seven losses, seven turns into eight. Just like hitting or pitching or anything else, its a game of next.

As much as it sucks not to play well, the only thing I know for sure is that if you keep thinking about it, youll continue to be bad. Other than that, there are no answers. Itll be OK when its OK. There are no guarantees. You can come out tomorrow and play as hard as you can and do everything right, but that guarantees nothing.

Just three weeks into the season, thats what the 7-10 White Sox are reduced to: No guarantees of a productive offense, a closer who can bar the door, or any end in sight to an early, dastardly losing streak.

Brett Ballantini is CSNChicago.coms White Sox Insider. Follow him @CSNChi_Beatnik on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Sox information.

Three more hits for Leury Garcia as White Sox pound Royals

Three more hits for Leury Garcia as White Sox pound Royals

When a role player finally gets an opportunity in Rick Renteria's rotation, it's usually for two or three games. The idea is to give said player an opportunity to find a rhythm before they might head back to the bench for a few days.

So far this season, Leury Garcia has found this method favorable.

The centerfielder/utility man posted his second consecutive three-hit night game and drove in two runs on Tuesday night as the White Sox pounded the Kansas City Royals 10-5 in front of 14,591 at Guaranteed Rate Field. Garcia said he appreciates knowing he's likely to appear in two straight games if he's penciled in for a first. Todd Frazier also drove in three runs for the White Sox, who scored double-digit runs in consecutive games for the first time since May 26-27, 2012 to improve to 10-9.

"That's something that makes you get into rhythm," Garcia said. "It's not the same when you get to play just once a week or twice a week. When you're playing every day you have your routine and your swing and your approach."

Though a familiar face, Garcia — who was acquired in the Aug. 9, 2013 deal that sent Alex Rios and $1 million to the Texas Rangers — is on pace to play more this April than he ever has before. With three more plate appearances on Tuesday, Garcia has 45 this month, just five shy of the 50 he accrued last September. September 2013 when he netted 45 trips to the plate is the only other time in Garcia's career where he's received at least 40 plate appearances in a month.

But Garcia has found ample time this month with Peter Bourjos traded, Charlie Tilson injured and Jacob May struggling. Much like Matt Davidson, Garcia has capitalized on his chances.

On Tuesday his two-out RBI single in the second inning off Danny Duffy tied the score at 1. Three innings later, Garcia's two-out RBI double put the White Sox ahead for good. He also added an infield single in the sixth inning for good measure and finished 3-for-4.

A career .462 OPS hitter before this season, Garcia is slashing .318/.348/.500 in 46 plate appearances this season. 

"He was playing one day and then playing after five days (before)," teammate Avisail Garcia said. "Now he's playing every day and he's doing good. He's a good player and he can hit the ball and play good defense.

"It's huge (to play consecutively)."

A big factor for Leury Garcia's early success is his reduced strikeout rate. He's at 8.7 percent this season (four in 46 tries), down from 30.8 percent for his career. 

"He's just starting to manage his swing," manager Rick Renteria said. "He's learning how to approach at-bats, he's not just flailing at balls, I think it's a little bit more in control. He's still an aggressive swinger but I think he's trying to manage making contact. 

"He's capable of doing quite a few things and it's just coming together."

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Leury Garcia's second straight great game helped the White Sox break out against a lifeless Kansas City club. Tim Anderson followed Leury Garcia's double in the fourth with an RBI single off Duffy to make it 4-2.  

Frazier, who had two doubles and three RBIs, doubled in a run in the fifth and Yolmer Sanchez tripled him in. 

Duffy allowed six earned runs and nine hits in 4 2/3 innings.

Omar Narvaez, who had two hits and a walk, singled in a pair off reliever Chris Young in the seventh as the White Sox pulled away. Frazier and Avisail Garcia, who finished 3-for-5, doubled in runs with two outs in the eighth. 

But afterward Leury Garcia received praise from every corner of the clubhouse. Renteria and Frazier singled out his performance and Sanchez sat in on his postgame media session. 

"I've been taking advantage of that rotation because you as a player, you want to play," Garcia said. "But at the same time you have to realize there's another 24 teammates that also deserve to play to. You have to be prepared to take advantage of that opportunity. 

"For me I've been great because I've been able to perform and I feel good."

White Sox Talk Podcast: How soon could White Sox promote Yoan Moncada

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White Sox Talk Podcast: How soon could White Sox promote Yoan Moncada

On the latest edition of the White Sox Talk podcast, Ryan McGuffey and Rob Wiatrowski are joined by CSNChicago.com's Dan Hayes to discuss his recent weekend visiting all four White Sox minor league affiliates. 

The panel discusses the players that jumped out to Hayes and when may be the earliest Yoan Moncada gets the call to the Big Leagues. 

Later, Matt Davidson's story makes quite the read and why the Orioles giving up on Miguel Gonzalez has benefitted the Sox. 

Listen to the White Sox Talk Podcast below.