PHILADELPHIA — Chris Sale is glad he doesn’t have to face any more National League teams.
In what was one of his worst performances in an otherwise stellar season, the Chicago White Sox ace was hit around by the Philadelphia Phillies — the lowest-scoring team in the majors.
Sale exited after four innings as the Phillies defeated the White Sox 8-3 Wednesday night. Chicago lost its fifth in a row.
“It was a bad night all the way around,” said Sale, who hit three batters. “I gave up too many runs. I got hit around. I put the ball over the plate too much. I stunk.”
“Everyone is entitled to have a bad night and tonight was mine, unfortunately. It would have been nice to sneak out of here with a win, but I was just awful tonight.”
Sale (16-9) allowed six earned runs on seven hits.
In four games against NL teams this season, Sale is 0-4 with an 8.72 ERA.
“He didn’t have it tonight,” manager Robin Ventura said. “He hit a (few) guys and wasn’t really controlling the slider too much and they got a couple good swings at him. There’s usually a big difference between his fastball and his changeup and tonight there didn’t seem to be much life on his fastball.”
It was the second-shortest outing of the season for Sale, and it snapped his run of six consecutive starts of at least eight innings.
One of the favorites for the AL Cy Young Award, Sale said he doesn’t worry about how this outing could affect voting for that honor.
“I don’t play this game for stuff like that,” he said. “I’m here to win games not any (awards) and I wanted to win tonight. It was a frustrating night.”
Tommy Joseph homered, doubled and drove in three runs, backing Jerad Eickhoff (11-13).
Eickhoff pitched seven innings and gave up six hits, including three solo home runs, while striking out six.
Adam Eaton led off the game with a home run. Todd Frazier hit his 38th homer in the seventh inning and Alex Avila followed with a drive in the seventh.
Phillies outfielder Tyler Goeddel had to leave the game in the sixth after being hit in the head by reliever Chris Beck.
Goeddel was the fourth Philadelphia player to be hit in the game, tying a franchise record that last occurred in 1960.
Cameron Rupp, Maikel Franco and Cesar Hernandez all had two-hit games for the Phillies. Hernandez hit his 10th triple of the season, tied for second best in the majors, and has reached base safely in 26 consecutive games.
Eickhoff has allowed seven home runs in his last two starts, but only six earned runs. Six of the seven homers have been solo shots. The seventh was a three-run homer, but all three runs were unearned because of an earlier error. Eickhoff has given up 29 homers this season, tying Brandon Finnegan of Cincinnati for the most in the NL.
White Sox: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (4-7, 3.83) faces Indians RHP Trevor Bauer (11-8, 4.24) in the opener of a three-game series in Cleveland on Friday night.
Phillies: LHP Adam Morgan (2-10, 5.49) take on Mets RHP Seth Lugo (4-2, 2.35) in the opener of a four-game series in New York on Thursday night.