Tip your cap again to the opposing pitcher?

Wait until the weather gets warm?

Assume it will get better when second baseman Gordon Beckham returns Monday night in Seattle?

At this point, there aren't many plausible excuses or realistic signs of hope for the White Sox after their sixth consecutive loss Sunday — a 2-0 setback against the Athletics in which they had only three hits and wasted an exceptional pitching performance from Chris Sale.

"When you're in a funk like this, how much goes on you?" manager Robin Ventura said after the Sox were blanked for the third time during their six-game skid. "It really goes on us."

Third baseman Conor Gillaspie folded his arms as he tried to assess the Sox's offensive ineptitude.

"It's frustrating," Gillaspie said after the Sox scored only three runs in the three-game series and continued their homerless drought, which dates to the second inning on Wednesday. "But you have to keep your head up and keep competing. We lost games in the beginning of the year from mental mistakes and errors, me included. It will come around.

"And if it doesn't, I'm sure there will be changes. I don't know what else to say. It seems like all their guys did a good job."

The Sox gave their share of credit to Jarrod Parker, the Fort Wayne, Ind., native who rooted for them as a youth. Parker struck out seven and allowed only two hits in 61/3 innings.