That streak, a hideous run of baseball that seemed to define the 2013 White Sox, is over.
Courtesy of Thursday’s 7-3 win at U.S. Cellular Field, the White Sox snapped a 14-game losing streak against the Cleveland Indians that dated back to April 24, 2013. At least for a day, the White Sox can forget about a season series that tilted heavily in Cleveland’s favor and helped the Indians reach the postseason. The White Sox lost 17 of 19 meetings and three times were swept in a four-game series.
Thursday’s winning pitcher, John Danks, said the team had a running joke about how poorly they played against the Indians, one of the few lighter moments of a 99-loss campaign. Danks overcame a slow start to earn a morale-boosting victory — or at least one that will temporarily silence their rivals — with six solid innings.
“We didn’t joke about much last year,” Danks said. “It was a tough year. But we joked we deserved a playoff share from them for basically helping them into the playoffs. That’s a good team over there. It’s not an easy lineup. I felt like I was fortunate to get out of the first few innings the way I did and settle down and give us a chance to win. Certainly going to have to be better than that next time we face them because that’s a good team over there.”