The White Sox had the worst possible ending to their 10 game road trip, losing their third straight to the Tigers 6-3 and falling 6 games behind the idle Minnesota Twins.
Gavin Floyd has another uncharacteristic bad outing today going 6 innings, giving up 6 runs (5 earned) on 13 hits with a walk and 3 strikeouts. Floyd’s 13 hits without giving up an extra base hit was the first pitcher to do this since James Baldwin did it back in 2001. Tigers starter Rick Porcello pitched better than Floyd but wasn’t great going 8 innings giving up 3 runs on 4 hits with 3 strikeouts.
The Tigers got on the board in the first on a RBI single by Johnny Damon, the first of his 4 hits on the day, and on a run scoring double play hit by Ryan Raburn to give them the quick 2-0 lead. The Tigers tacked on 2 more runs in the 3rd thanks to a RBI groundout by Raburn and a RBI single by Jhonny Peralta. The White Sox were able to get back into the game in the 4th on a two run homer by Alex Rios, his 21st of the year, cutting the Tigers’ lead in half with a score of 4-2. Ryan Raburn hit a RBI infield single in the bottom of the inning to give the Tigers the 5-2 lead. Paul Konerko scored on a wild pitch in the top of the 7th but the Tigers answered back with a sac fly by Jhonny Peralta in the bottom of the inning to give the Tigers the 6-3 lead. Ryan Perry would come into the game in the 9th and gave up a walk but eventually gave the Tigers their third straight win over the White Sox 6-3.
Matt Thornton and Sergio Santos both pitched a perfect inning with Thornton picking up a strikeout and Santos picking up two strikeouts.
Today’s game also marked the major league debut of Brent Morel for the White Sox. He went 0-2 with a strikeout and was a little shaky on defense but at least didn’t commit an error like Mark Teahen did last night (even though he bobbled a throw from Carlos Quentin and Quentin got the error).
So this is a huge shot in the confidence of the White Sox and their hopes of a playoff run. Sitting 6 games behind the Twins is now a huge hole to get out of, especially with less than a month of baseball left. It looks like the upcoming series with the Twins less than a week from now is going to be the defining moment for the White Sox.
The White Sox will now take on the Kansas City Royals in a three game weekend series. I’ll have a series prelude later tonight breaking down the series.
Until then, keep the faith White Sox fans, it’s looking very bleak but it’s still not officially over until the numbers say it is.
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