Just when we thought our season-long nightmare might be over on the strength of a four-game winning streak…BOOM.
Miguel Cabrera dashed our spirits last night with his game-winning homer and the lack of White Sox execution did us in today in the 7-3 loss to Detroit. So, instead of taking advantage of the Indians getting swept by the Rangers and moving to within 5 games of the Tribe, we remain 7 back and 4 1/2 behind the second-place Tigers, who are now only 2 1/2 out of first.
After three perfect innings and protecting an 2-0 lead, it all went south for Jake Peavy in the fourth as the Tigers scored six times. They may not have scored at all if Alexei Ramirez‘s errant throw to first prevented the Sox from turning a double play, which would have resulted into two outs and nobody on. Instead, there was a runner on first with one out and the roof fell in with a combination of walks and hits. Forgive me, but I don’t have the stomach to re-live the inning any more than that. To make matters worse, Peavy left after four with a groin injury.
The Sox had opportunities to get back in the game, but their inability to score with runners in scoring position with less than two outs–a major problem all year–surfaced again along with strong Tiger pitching. The South Siders never got closer than 6-3.
Losing two of three to Detroit just might be the start of a disastrous homestand if the Sox don’t get their act together. Beginning tomorrow night we face the three Seattle aces that have rejuvenated the Mariners and have them contending in the A.L. West. The matchups:
Michael Pineda: 6-2, 2.30 (vs. John Danks: 0-8, 5.25)
Defending A.L. Cy Young Award winner “King Felix” Hernandez (pictured above): 6-4, 3.04 (vs. Phil Humber: 4-3, 3.06)
Jason Vargas, 4-3, 3.96 (vs. Gavin Floyd: 6-5, 3.84)
Just when we thought the nightmare might be over…