"It's been a rough stretch, but if you told me we were going to be
8-4 right now, I'd say 'That's great, that's a good start,'"
Chicago's Todd Frazier said. "You've got to work on the positives.
We may be trying a little too much, but we'll take 8-4 any day of
Chicago's pitching has been superb early -- they gave up 10 runs in
two losses to the Rays, after allowing a total of five runs in the
previous five games, all wins. But the White Sox struck out 28 times
in three games, including 12 on Sunday, 10 in six-plus innings
against Rays starter Matt Moore. In particular, the team's 4-5
hitters, Frazier and designated hitter Jerry Sands, had a rough day,
going 0-for-7 with seven strikeouts.
"He was hitting his spots -- we missed a lot of pitches and he was
dominant," said Frazier, who matched a career high with four
strikeouts, the first Chicago player to do that since September of
last season. "You tip your cap to him, but I'd like to face him
again and see what happens."
Chicago returns home for seven straight home games without a day
off, with four against the Angels and then three against Texas.
After that, they're back up against the American League East on the
road, with seven straight at Toronto and Baltimore.
MLB Team Report - Chicago White Sox - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Lost two
NEXT: White Sox (RHP Carlos Rodon, 1-1, 1.38 ERA) vs. Angels (LHP
Hector Santiago, 0-0, 3.95 ERA)
--2B Brett Lawrie, who had a two-run home run in Saturday's loss,
hit the ball well again Sunday, with two hits and a run scored in a
3-2 loss to the Rays. Lawrie, familiar to Tampa Bay from his days in
Toronto, is now hitting .304 on the season.
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--LHP Zach Duke had a seven-pitch inning of effective relief,
striking out two batters and throwing nothing but strikes to lower
his ERA to 3.38 on the season. The White Sox bullpen had struggled
in Saturday's loss, but had two scoreless innings of relief in
--3B Todd Frazier matched a career high with four strikeouts in
Sunday's loss to the Rays, struggling against starter Matt Moore.
Frazier is now hitting just .163 on the season, with two home runs
and six RBIs in 49 at-bats.
--DH Jerry Sands got a spot start Sunday but went 0-for-3 with three
strikeouts, dropping his season average to .200. He has only 10
at-bats on the season and has a home run, but needs to take better
advantage of opportunities to play as a starter.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "It's been a rough stretch, but if you told me we
were going to be 8-4 right now, I'd say 'That's great, that's a good
start.'" -- Chicago's Todd Frazier after a loss to Tampa Bay.
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