It was a tough night all the way around for the White Sox on Wednesday.
You just had a feeling it was going to be another in a long series of struggles for the offense, and it was.
Facing the same Bruce Chen that held them to 1 run over 6 innings at U.S. Cellular Field on July 6, the Sox again looked like T-ballers against the journeyman left-hander.
Carlos Quentin hit a solo home run off Chen in the fifth inning, and that was it in a 2-1 loss in 11 innings against the Royals at Kauffman Stadium.
It was a particularly tough night for White Sox starter John Danks, who returned from a strained right oblique and stint on the disabled list.
Pitching more than well enough to win, Danks threw 7 scoreless innings and had nothing to show for it.
It was a rare tough night for the White Sox' bullpen, and the Royals won the game with two outs in the 11th inning when Alex Gordon scored from third base on Sergio Santos' wild pitch.
It was even a tougher night for manager Ozzie Guillen, who was hit by a foul ball on the right cheekbone in the eighth inning.
Speaking after yet another uninspired loss, Guillen sounded like he was in pain all right.
But not from the foul ball. The Sox' offense obviously was much more difficult to deal with.
"(Bleeping) pathetic," Guillen told reporters. "No (bleeping) energy. Just go (through) the motions. Take the day off today instead of tomorrow."
The White Sox (47-51), incredibly lucky to be competing in the AL Central (4½ games out of first place) are off Thursday before opening a three-game series at Cleveland on Friday.
"If we go to Cleveland and play the way played in Kansas City, it's going to be a (bleeping, bleep) July," Guillen said. "That's very bad. Nothing against Bruce Chen, I have a lot of respect for this kid, but our approach at the plate ... that's not a good ballclub out there. (Bleep) it."
While losing Wednesday to the Royals after a 4-2 loss on Tuesday, don't blame Adam Dunn too much. According to reports, the slumping designated hitter has a sore knee and didn't play in either game.
Now, back to Guillen's postgame tirade:
"I take the (bleep) back of what I said in Detroit," said Guillen, who was feeling optimistic after the Sox came out of the all-star break with 2 wins in three games against the Tigers at Comerica Park. "This team is one day at a time. One day we're good, three days we're bad. We don't have any energy in the dugout. Horse(bleep) approach at the plate. If we go to Cleveland the way we go (here), we're wasting our money.
"That's the ballclub. I talk (bleep) because of what I see. Very bad. Nothing against Kansas City's pitching staff; they've got a good, young ballclub. But the way we went about our business here, (bleeping) horse(bleep)."