“Most of the guys were f****** flat today” - White Sox manager Pedro Grifol upset on team’s one-hit performance against the Orioles

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Tampa Bay Rays
MLB: Chicago White Sox at Tampa Bay Rays

Chicago White Sox manager Pedro Grifol was not happy with the team's performance on Sunday against the Baltimore Orioles. The White Sox, who have the worst record (15-39) in the MLB, dropped their fifth straight game and endured the eighth series sweep of the season.

Grifol's displeasure comes after the White Sox could only record one hit, which was a homer by Danny Mendick in the eighth inning against the Orioles. Otherwise, it was a no-hit show by the club against the Orioles' Kyle Bradish, who turned in seven hitless innings and 11 strikeouts.

On the other hand, White Sox's Garrett Crochet also had a good outing, throwing six innings in which he only allowed three hits and two earned runs (both runs came in the sixth inning). Adley Rutschsman hit a two-run homer against Crochet in the sixth.

After the game, Pedro Grifol shared his blunt assessment of the White Sox's hitting, saying it was "unacceptable."

“I don’t have much,” Grifol said. “[Garrett] Crochet pitched his [butt] off. We got no-hit through [seven innings]. We had a pinch-hitter break it up. The rest of the guys … Not the rest of the guys. Most of the guys were f**cking flat today. Unacceptable. That’s all I got.”
“Flat. Period. Major League game. Gotta respect it. Pretty simple,” Grifol said. “With the at-bats? No adjustments. We didn’t make any adjustments to this guy.”

White Sox players not in agreement with Pedro Grifol's blunt assessment

MLB: Cleveland Guardians at Chicago White Sox
MLB: Cleveland Guardians at Chicago White Sox

Pedro Grifol reportedly had a chat with his team after the game. Upon learning what Grifol said to the media about the team's performance, catcher Korey Lee was not in agreement with the assessment.

“I’ll let him comment on his statement,” catcher Korey Lee said. “He’s going to feel that way, and obviously, we have a different feeling. He is entitled to his own opinion. I think that’s a valid reason. There's nothing to hide about that. He has his opinions, and everyone is going to have their own opinions.”

Even Garrett Crochet defended the team's single-hit performance, saying Bradish is one of the "best arms" in the league.

“We're going against one of the best arms in the league. He's got incredible stuff so it's … I don't know,” Crochet said. “We just played a stretch against some really good teams. I don't think it's necessarily fair to harp on the losses and beat ourselves up too much. We've just got to put together a full nine innings of good baseball.”

With the loss, the White Sox reached new lows and will need to pick themselves up ahead of their next game against the Toronto Blue Jays to start a three-game series on home turf.

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