By Chris Vannini
DETROIT -- Paul Konerko has been with the White Sox for 15 seasons, but this may be the low point.
Sunday’s 3-2 walk-off loss to the Tigers was the team’s 10th loss in a row and 16th in the past 19 games. It finished up the first winless road trip of at least seven games in franchise history.
“We’re trying to break it down to, whatever game we have that day, that’s the biggest thing we have going for us, just playing that game,” Konerko said Sunday. “You go out and play hard, take good pitching, get some hitting. Play a good ballgame against a good team, and then you end up losing at the end of it. Suddenly, it gets connected to all the other ones.
“When we’re out there, we’re playing the game for what it is and we’re playing hard and we’re attacking it right. It’s just not happening. But the schedule keeps coming at you. Before we know it, we’ll be on the field tomorrow night. That’s where we have to focus.”
Sunday’s loss was the third walk-off loss of the seven-game road trip. The White Sox have gotten enough good pitching to stay in games, but the offense hasn’t backed them up at all. Chicago scored three runs in the three-game series against the Tigers and has scored four in the past four games.
“I know some might say it’d be better if you just got blown out every day,” Konerko said. “I don’t think that’s true either. There are not too many people in here, myself included, that have experienced what’s happening here. We’ve always been lucky to be on teams that didn’t have this, that never had something like this. A lot of guys are the same way.
“We’re just trying to get through and do the best you can at the moments you’re in there playing and making decisions to do stuff. That’s it. There are not a lot of positives. You just have to try to find them as best you can, personally, and as a team.”
After Saturday’s loss, Adam Dunn said the team has been putting in the extra effort, but the results have been “unbelievable.”
“The thing that’s frustrating, we have guys in the cage doing early hitting every day and we’re just not getting it done,” he said.
Manager Robin Ventura has been through this before. As a player on the 1991 White Sox team, he was a part of nine straight losses and 15 out of 17. That White Sox team went on to win 87 games. The 2013 team likely won’t be winning that many, but the feeling is the same.
“Nobody likes to go through it,” he said. “I think it gets tough. You come in and expect good things to happen. That’s the rut you get in. Sometimes, guys think, even when you get some guys on, you can’t push them through. You continue to grind. That’s the only way you can do it. You continue to hustle and do all that stuff to be able to get out of it.”