DETROIT -- The Chicago White Sox reached a new low Sunday afternoon at Comerica Park in Detroit.
And it’s one this locker room would soon like to forget.
The White Sox were swept in their most recent three-game series on the road, this time by the American League Central-leading Detroit Tigers, dropping a 3-2 decision on Sunday.
Chicago is in the midst of its first 10-game losing streak since 1976 and suffered its first winless road trip of seven games or more in franchise history.
“We’re trying to break it down, at least at this point, to whatever game we’ve got that day,” Chicago’s Paul Konerko said after the loss. “That’s the biggest thing we have going for us is to just go out and play that game. You go out, play hard, get some good pitching and some good hitting.
“We played a good ball game against a good team and wind up losing there at the end of it,” Konerko added. “Then suddenly it gets connected to all the other [losses] that we’ve had.”
The White Sox, who have scored just 18 runs over their past 10 games, were swept in Cleveland to open the trip, blowing a pair last-inning leads, and dropped all three games against Detroit despite allowing just eight runs on 21 hits.
“When we’re out there we’re playing the game for what it is,” Konerko said. “We're playing hard, and we’re attacking it right. It’s just not happening and the schedule just keeps coming at you, and before we know it we’ll be back on the field tomorrow night and that’s where we have to focus.”
Five of the White Sox’s losses during the current skid have been by one run.
“I know some may say it just might be better if you just get blown out every game,” Konerko said. “I don’t think that’s true, either. There aren’t too many people in here, myself included, that have experienced what’s happening here.”
Chicago’s largest margin of defeat in the past 10 games has been five runs.
“I’ve always been lucky to be on teams that weren’t like this,” Konerko said. “I’ve never been on a team like this and a lot of the other guys are the same way. We’re just trying to just 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.”
Konerko looked like he may have given his team the spark it needed to get out of this funk with a leadoff homer in the top of the ninth inning to tie things up and send the game into extra innings, but that wound up not being the case.
“A lot of times the team that ties it late goes on to win because the momentum works for you at the time,” Konerko said. “You have to give [the Tigers] credit because it’s easy to, and playing like they are, just throw that one away and just try and get going again tomorrow if you’re them. You have to give them credit. That’s why they are who they are. They’re a championship team and got there last year.”
Chicago last won a game on July 25.
“There aren’t a lot of positives,” Konerko said. “You just have to find them the best you can personally and as a team.”