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Chicago White Sox loses to Philadelphia Phillies and drops to 3-17

PHILADELPHIA — The Chicago White Sox didn’t get a hit until Friday in the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies.

A night later, they found themselves creeping even deeper into no-hitter territory.

The Sox didn’t get a single against Phillies starter Zack Wheeler until one out in the eighth Saturday when Korey Lee singled to right.

An inning later, the Sox trailed by nine runs and were on the verge of being eliminated for the eighth time this season. They put together a rally to get the tying run to the plate, but couldn’t complete the comeback in a 9-5 loss in front of a sellout crowd of 44,546 at Citizens Bank Park.

At 3-17, the Sox are off to their worst 20-game start in franchise history.

“We just strung together some good at-bats,” manager Pedro Grifol said of the ninth. “It will happen at some point. These guys have a good track record and at some point they will figure this out as a team, not as individuals. This team is going to click offensively at some point.”

For much of the night, it looked like Wheeler would make his own history. The righthander was brilliant, allowing one hit, striking out eight, walking two and hitting a batter in 7 1/3 inning.

“He was effective with all his throws and commanded the zone,” Lee said. “Really good two-seam, had a good change, slider. That’s what it takes to be a good pitcher in this league, when you have all three pitches.”

The evening started with a 10-pitch at-bat for Sox infielder Nicky Lopez, who walked. The Sox wouldn’t have another baserunner until there was one out in the fifth when Wheeler hit Paul DeJong with a pitch. DeJong left the game in the bottom of the sixth inning with a left elbow contusion.

Wheeler got some early offensive support as the Phillies scored three runs in the second inning. Brandon Marsh hit a two-run homer and Johan Rojas had an RBI single.

Phillies starter Zack Wheeler tips his cap to the crowd as he leaves the field after being pulled during the eighth inning against the White Sox on April 20, 2024, in Philadelphia.  (Matt Slocum/AP)
Phillies starter Zack Wheeler tips his cap to the crowd as he leaves the field after being pulled during the eighth inning against the White Sox on April 20, 2024, in Philadelphia. (Matt Slocum/AP)

Nick Castellanos added a two-run single off reliever Tanner Banks in the fifth. Those points were scored by starter Michael Soroka. The righthander allowed five runs on six hits with two strikeouts and three walks in 4⅔ innings.

“Probably did Marsh a favor there – he was a little late, sped him up and threw a changeup,” Soroka said. ‘A bad throw for someone who saw the ball very well. He made me pay.

“Overall – compared to the previous outing – things were in a better place. But it was clearly still not good enough.”

Wheeler returned from a long break in the fifth by striking out the last two batters in a perfect sixth.

Gavin Sheets had the first hit for the Sox in the seventh inning against Spencer Turnbull on Friday. Saturday it was Lee. The catcher hit a dribbler that just passed first baseman Bryce Harper, who attempted a dive but couldn’t get to the ball.

“I was just trying to move on,” Lee said. “Everyone knew the no-hitter was happening, so obviously try to break it up. Find any way possible and rally a rally.

That rally came in the ninth. Dominic Fletcher hit an RBI double and Lee followed with a two-run double against reliever Ricardo Pinto. Eloy Jiménez and Sheets had RBI singles with two outs. And when Andrew Vaughn was hit by a pitch, the Sox had the bases loaded and Andrew Benintendi hit the tying run.

José Alvarado got Benintendi to ground out to first base, ending the game. But on a night where so much of the season’s struggles were on display, the ninth gave the Sox something to try to continue.

“We’re not going down without a fight,” Lee said. “We talk about that in the dugout, we talk about that here. Just continue on that route, without giving up.”