It was a very winnable game. And after the three-run second, I thought the White Sox were on their way to a sweep of the Tigers. But Detroit starter Brad Penny recovered, his teammates scored three in the sixth to take the lead and the Detroit bullpen held on for the 4-3 Motown victory.
You expected the Tigers to mount a rally, having scored only two runs on Friday night and zero yesterday, so the most disappointing part of the Sox loss was the fact they couldn’t score more runs against a journeyman pitcher who was on the ropes in the early innings. The scenario of the Sox not being able to sustain their offense after an early outburst has been one of the central themes of the 2011 season. So, no surprise here.
The Sox, still four games behind the Tribe for the division lead, now take their series victory at Comerica to Kansas City, where the South Siders always seem to have trouble. Then, it’s on to Cleveland for a showdown.
No rest for the weary.
Silver Lining: Gordon Beckham, who collected two hits in each of the three games, has lifted his batting average to .255–a very welcome sight.