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White Sox match worst 14-game start in franchise history with 5-0 loss to Reds: 'Just a tough skid'

LaMond Pope, Chicago Tribune on

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CHICAGO — Robbie Grossman drilled a hard-hit grounder to the shortstop side of second base to begin the sixth inning Saturday at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Cincinnati Reds second baseman Santiago Espinal had Grossman shaded close to the bag and made a nice play just beyond the dirt to get a glove on the ball. Espinal couldn’t corral it, and Grossman reached for an infield hit.

That was the first of only two hits on the day for the Sox in a 5-0 loss to the Reds in front of 22,598.

It was another lackluster offensive performance as the Sox were blanked for a major league-leading fifth time this season.

“Regardless of whether guys are out (because of injury) or not, we’ve got to go about our business, we’ve got to put in the work and we’ve got to show up ready to play every day,” designated hitter Gavin Sheets said. “It can’t be a press. We’ve got to continue to put the work in and come ready to play every day.

“I promise everybody’s working. I promise everybody’s trying to get it going. I fully believe that we’ll get it going.”

 

The Sox have lost eight of nine and at 2-12 matched the 1968 team for the worst 14-game start in franchise history.

“The injuries (to Luis Robert Jr., Yoán Moncada and Eloy Jiménez) are tough,” starter Garrett Crochet said. “We are all thinking of those guys and can’t wait until we get them back. That’s baseball. Everybody goes through that at some point or another. We’ve gone through it every year since I’ve been here, but that’s the name of the game. It’s always next-man-up mentality.

“And for us right now, just a tough skid.”

Reds starter Nick Lodolo and relievers Fernando Cruz and Brent Suter combined for 15 strikeouts. Lodolo surrendered one hit while striking out 10 in 5 2/3 innings. The left-hander allowed one walk and hit two batters in his season debut.

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