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Jose Contreras 6 starts from becoming first White Sox 20-game loser in my lifetime

  • Tuesday night was the third time in White Sox history that the Sox have allowed 7 or more home runs in a single game, with the last being the infamous Mike Cameron/Jim Parque game. Coincidently this was the first such game that did not feature James Baldwin, who was the winning pitcher for the Mariners in the Cameron/Parque game, and amazingly avoided the loss in his fourth career start, during which he allowed 4 HR in just 1.2 innings pitched. It was the first time in White Sox history that they allowed 8 HR in a single game.
  • The Sox offense has never hit 7 or more in a single game. They've hit 6 HR in a game 9 times since 1974 with the last coming in June of 2004 against the Phillies.
  • Because the Sox ridiculous performance forced me to play with Baseball-Reference's play index, I stumbled onto a list of the Sox 20-game losers, which includes Hall of Famers Ted Lyons and Ed Walsh plus knuckleballer Wilbur Wood. Of course, most of those pitchers had workloads well beyond what pitchers today throw. In fact, only one of the offending pitchers recorded single-digit Complete Games during their 20-loss campaign. Contreras has 3 complete games in his career.
  • The last time the White Sox scored a a run that didn't come via the HR was on a Juan Uribe double Friday in the 6th inning. In fact, Uribe has driven in 5 of the Sox last 8 runs.