Thanks to some heavy rain in Minnesota on Sunday, the White Sox wound up facing a pair of Cy Young winners this week.
The White Sox managed to score three runs off 2011 AL Cy Young recipient Justin Verlander on Tuesday, though it wasn't enough in a 5-1 loss. Then on Wednesday afternoon, the Sox were shut out over six innings by 2013 AL Cy Young winner Max Scherzer, helping doom them to an 5-0 loss.
Entering Wednesday, the White Sox were tied with the Rockies for the most runs scored in baseball this year (153). But they've been shut down before -- see a three-game series vs. Boston earlier this month and last Saturday's 4-0 loss to Tampa Bay -- and bounced back just fine.
Manager Robin Ventura is confident that same kind of resiliency will show itself after these two-game struggles -- "we're fine," he said -- as is catcher Tyler Flowers.
"We'll bounce back with the next game and continue," Flowers said. "That's one good thing about this team, even in the ninth inning there's no doubt, oh, this game's over or whatever. We're all in it for the entire game, and we've seen that a number of times already this season where it seems like we're going to lose this game but those guys in the dugout, we don't believe that."
The White Sox only managed four hits off Scherzer, then mustered just two base runners in three innings against Detroit's bullpen. But these kind of games happen against top-level pitching, as the White Sox faced Tuesday and Wednesday.
So as the White Sox exit the month of April at 14-15, they remain confident in an offense that's proven to be one of the most potent in baseball.
"When you're dealing with injuries and stuff like that, at least you're still in the mix," Ventura said. "Guys offensively had a good month and you just want to keep that up and play better. That's part of it, you want to win more games."