Gavin Floyd got roughed up for five runs as the Chicago White Sox lost their second game to the Washington Nationals Wednesday night.
Floyd had no trouble making it through the first three innings, but his loss of control afterwards dropped the pitcher’s record to 0-2. He struck out seven, walked three, and saw his ERA move to 5.56 The bullpen kept the Sox in it as Nate Jones and Hector Santiago threw 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. Floyd’s early struggles are some cause for concern, especially on these long road trips. Having to depart in the sixth inning after giving up five runs puts too much pressure on the bullpen and can tire out the relief pitchers for games to come.
That being said, the Sox’ bats did not do all they could to help Floyd, either. The offense was a depressing 0-6 with RISP, which puts them at 1-16 for the series. Adam Dunn had an RBI groundout in the first and Alex Rios did the same in the sixth. Other than that, Nationals starter Jordan Zimmerman had the White Sox dominated. Rios’ double in the first brought his hit streak to eight games this season and 14 counting back to last season. He also has been the White Sox’ best run producer with his eight RBIs and .419 average.
Some early offensive trends, such as Alex Rios hitting home runs in four consecutive games, are promising. Gordon Beckham is holding his own and Alexei Ramirez has nine hits in eight games, two of which were doubles. However, Adam Dunn’s average continues to struggle and he has a team-leading ten strikeouts. Paul Konerko’s contact has also been rough these eight games. He’s managed only four hits, but has certainly contributed with five RBIs. If the previous two can step up their game during this road trip, the Sox can certainly have as powerful a 3-4-5 as anyone in the league.
The Sox will try to salvage a game tomorrow before heading to Cleveland to play the Indians.