It has now been two years since a Chicago White Sox starter has thrown a complete game. The last CG was on Sept. 16, 2016 by Chris Sale, who beat the Kansas City Royals, 7-4, allowing two earned runs and throwing 119 pitches. The White Sox and Tampa Bay Rays are the only teams in the majors who haven’t thrown a complete game in the past two years.
The White Sox need to win four of their final 13 games to sidestep the fourth 100-loss season in franchise history.
Just five White Sox players in the game recorded positive WPAs: Yolmer Sánchez (.112), Daniel Palka (.033), Adam Engel (.026), Rob Scahill (.008) and Nicky Delmonico (.001).
Today’s debacle snaps a seven-game streak of quality starts for Lucas Giolito.
With the loss, the White Sox blew their chance to record their first three-game sweep at Camden Yards since Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 1998, a span of more than 20 years. (Chicago did have a four-game sweep of Baltimore at Camden in 2005.)
With his home run today, Sánchez is just 32 shy of his goal of 40 for 2018 that he shared with Jason Benetti and Steve Stone on Saturday night’s postgame.