Sox' Offensive Slump Continues

By Gregor, Scot | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), May 6, 1996 | Go to article overview
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Sox' Offensive Slump Continues


Gregor, Scot, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Scot Gregor Daily Herald Sports Writer

NEW YORK - Where is all of this non-pitching all of baseball is talking about?

The White Sox would like to find it.

The Sox looked like they were intent on snapping out of a serious offensive slump Saturday when they scored 8 runs in the final two innings against the Yankees. But their bats went silent once again Sunday, and they closed out a miserable, six-game road trip with a 7-1 loss to New York at Yankee Stadium.

The Sox, who started their trip at Cleveland last Tuesday with a seven-game winning streak, limp back to Comiskey Park with five losses in their last six games.

"They (the Yankees) are playing real good baseball right now because they're doing all of the little things you need to win," said Kevin Tapani (2-2), who started and took the loss. "'We didn't do that on this trip."

The White Sox did little right against New York Sunday. But if there was one glaring shortcoming, it again centered around the offense.

One day after seemingly breaking out with 11 runs on 11 hits, the Sox managed only 4 hits against Yankees starter Andy Pettitte (5-1) and reliever Mariano Rivera. Robin Ventura was 0-for-4 with 3 strikeouts and was only 2-for-18 on the road trip. The struggling third baseman's batting average has dipped to .205.

Ventura wasn't alone. Danny Tartabull (.235) went 0-for-3, Ron Karkovice (.200) was 0-for-2 and Darren Lewis (.224) was also 0-for-2. Ozzie Guillen (.207) sat the game out.

"You go out and try to get hits," said manager Terry Bevington, who is starting to get irritated with questions concerning his team's aggregate .

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