CHICAGO -- Clutch hitting failed the Chicago White Sox in Sunday’s 5-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers. While the Sox recorded a home run for the fifth straight game and Paul Konerko extended his hitting streak to seven games, the club left six runners on base and hit just 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position.
Rick Porcello had the Sox’s number, allowing five hits and a run over 7 2/3 innings, keeping them off-balance throughout the day.
“Even when we got a couple guys on, he took it to another level and seemed like he was spotting a little better in tougher situations,” manager Robin Ventura said. “In a lot of ways you just tip your hat and come back tomorrow.”
The Sox still won the series after posting consecutive victories against the Central Division favorites.
As for their lack of hitting, it wasn’t the usual suspects on Sunday, mostly because Gordon Beckham and Alex Rios were given the day off. Adam Dunn's pair of doubles overshadowed his 12th strikeout of the season. Brent Morel, on the other hand, continued to struggle in the No. 2 spot. He went 0-for-2 with a pair of strikeouts to drop his average to .115. Ventura said Morel is still getting his feet wet and he has no plans of dropping him in the batting order. Morel struck out with two men on base in the eighth.
The Sox’s ninth-inning rally fell short, too, but with the big picture in mind they’re feeling good heading into a four-game series against the Baltimore Orioles.
“We just keep on moving and grinding along,” Konerko said. “Everybody’s just working, approaching everything right every day.
“That’s all you can control is come in here every day and get ready to play the game as hard as you possibly can. Some days it’s gonna be like today and some days it’s gonna be like the couple previous.”