White Sox shut out by Tigers as losing streak hits nine

White Sox shut out by Tigers as losing streak hits nine
August 3, 2013, 9:45 pm
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White Sox vs. Tigers, 11:30 a.m.
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On the hill: Andre Rienzo (0-0, 0.00 ERA); Rick Porcello (8-6, 4.49 ERA)

Porcello vs. White Sox: 2-0, 2.08 ERA, 7 K's, 3 Walks, 13.0 IP

Braves at at a glance: 63-45 (1st in American League Central, three games ahead of Cleveland) 

Will Sox losing streak hit 10? It's no secret that the White Sox are having trouble scoring, as they were shut out in a 3-0 loss to Detroit on Saturday. Now they'll look to avoid another sweep from their division rivals.

Tigers pitching leaders: Wins - Max Scherzer (16); ERA - Anibal Sanchez (2.59); Strikeouts - Scherzer (170); Saves - Joaquin Benoit (12)

Tigers batting leaders: Average - Miguel Cabrera (.359); Home runs - Cabrera (32); RBIs - Cabrera (99); On-base percentage - Cabrera (.454)

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By Chris Vannini
CSNChicago.com contributor

DETROIT -- When you can’t score, you won’t win, and the White Sox can’t score.

Chicago fell 3-0 to the Tigers on Saturday night. This comes after scoring one run in each of the past two games. The losing streak has reached nine straight and 15 of their last 18.

The White Sox could only muster four hits against Tigers pitching and had just two runners into scoring position. The White Sox have scored the fewest runs in the American League after having the fourth-most last season.

“I’ve been on some bad teams but, everybody keeps saying, it really is unbelievable,” Adam Dunn said. “I know we have guys who can hit. I know we have guys who can pitch. For us to be doing what we’re doing, there’s no excuse.”

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For their part, Tigers only recorded six hits — none after the fourth inning — and put just one runner in scoring position. But they also hit three balls over the fence, which was the difference in the game, and has been in the series. The Tigers have 12 hits in the series, compared to 11 for the White Sox, but Detroit has outscored Chicago 5-1 behind four solo home runs.

"You’ve got to touch home plate," manager Robin Ventura said, simply. "You get a couple guys on, but it’s one of those where you’ve got to be able to add on and not just get a couple guys on. They’ve got to cross home."

For the second straight night, a White Sox pitcher recorded a quality start in Detroit, but couldn’t get support.

John Danks allowed the three earned runs on six hits over seven innings, striking out six and walking one. The Tigers’ second batter of the game, Torii Hunter, hit a low and inside fastball over the left field seats to give Detroit an early 1-0 lead.

In the second inning, Jhonny Peralta hit a 444-foot solo blast to center field to increase the lead to 2-0. In the fourth, recently-acquired Jose Iglesias hit his own solo home run to left field to push the lead to 3-0.

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As is normally the case, the pitcher wouldn’t put anything on his teammates.

“I don’t even think about it,” Danks said of the lack of run support. “I’ve said since day one in the big leagues that I’m going to worry about what I can control and I’ll take my chances with those nine guys rather than me hitting. There’s nothing I can do about it. It’s nothing worth me worrying about it. I got to go out there and do my job.

“I put us in a 3-0 hole very quick, and it’s hard to get out when you’re facing the starter for the American League All-Star Game.”

The nine-game losing streak is a season high. Asked how he keeps his cool in such a frustrating time, Dunn said the team just keeps pushing forward.

“Hopefully pride kind of takes over,” he said. “You swallow this one, come back tomorrow and play good baseball, ride the ship and get better. The thing that’s frustrating, we have guys in the cage doing early hitting every day and we’re just not getting it done.”