In the aftermath of a 5-1 loss that was followed by a 6-3 setback at Guaranteed Rate Field, White Sox manager Rick Renteria was left to discuss his team's urgency level after it dropped to 10-11.
"There is always urgency," Renteria said. "Urgency doesn't always provide results when you are going about playing the game of baseball. Urgency is a frame of mind. It might create more focus or concentration in some instances. We must put a good approach together in all aspects of our game. We need to go out there and let that talent that we do have in that clubhouse perform. Once they do perform consistently, there is a good chance we will get a lot of victories rolled out."
The Cardinals hadn't played since July 29 due to a coronavirus outbreak, but they didn't look rusty. St. Louis hit Chicago ace right-hander Lucas Giolito hard for four runs in the first inning of the opener, and that set the tone for the day.
In the nightcap, the White Sox utilized a bullpen game due to the attrition their starting rotation has suffered this season. Right-hander Matt Foster started and threw two scoreless innings. The White Sox were in control until the fifth inning, when the Cardinals erased a 3-1 deficit with a four-run inning that featured a two-out tying infield single by Paul Goldschmidt and then a go-ahead two-run homer from Tyler O'Neill. White Sox reliever Evan Marshall was charged with the loss, surrendering four hits and two runs without recording an out.
Of course, the White Sox's struggles were widespread. Their offense combined for just six hits in 14 innings amid the pair of seven-inning games. The White Sox's top four hitters in the order -- Tim Anderson, Yoan Moncada, Yasmani Grandal and Jose Abreu for each game -- were a combined 0-of-20 on the day.
"Everybody is trying to be a hero," outfielder Eloy Jimenez said. "When we have that approach, we don't have good days. Tomorrow is another day. We are going to take care of business and play hard."
Amid his team's continued up-and-down play, Renteria is dreaming of some consistency.
"We need to go on a nice winning streak, and for me, a nice winning streak isn't four or five games," Renteria said. "For me, a nice winning streak is 10 or 11 games. A lot of good things must happen to get there, but that is a nice winning streak."