Breaking News: Carlos Quentin placed on the 15-day disabled list, Dayan Viciedo recalled from Charlotte.
This is a Hollywood script in the making. Just imagine, Viciedo finally arrives on the South Side, has a monster five weeks and helps the White Sox overcome the seven-game deficit to win the A.L. Central.
I’m just saying…
What were the odds…at the beginning of the season that Brent Lillibridge (12) would have more home runs than Adam Dunn (11) at the end of August? And Lilli has done it in about 200 less at bats. Brent’s 12th, a two-run blast, came last night and proved to be the difference in the 4-2 Sox victory over the Mariners At Safeco Field. A native of the Seattle area, Lilli is shown above, perhaps pointing to this friends and family in the stands.
Let’s be honest with ourselves. Winning two of three from the Mariners and in the process defeating their two aces, Michael Pineda and Felix Hernandez, is cause for celebration. But the reality is that the Sox can’t afford to lose a game like they did last night when it’s a tie ballgame going into the ninth with their closer, Sergio Santos, on the hill.
Sure, it’s baseball and you can’t come through every night, but in the case of the Pale Hose there is simply very little margin for error after their horrendous start.
A victory would have enabled the South Siders to gain a game on both the Indians and Tigers, the two teams they are chasing. As it stands, instead of standing five games behind Cleveland and three and a half in back of Detroit, it’s six and four and a half. Much improved from a few weeks ago, but the opportunity was there to shave the leads and the Sox couldn’t get it done.
It’s not that the Hose didn’t show signs of life. Down 4-2 heading into the bottom of the eighth, the Sox tied the score on Carlos Quentin‘s two-run homer, his second blast of the game and 17th of the season. Unfortunately, the offense stopped there and the Sox lost in 10 innings, 7-4.
Perhaps the most disheartening aspect of the contest was a pattern with which we’re all too familiar. Leading off the top of the 10th, Seattle’s Justin Smoak blooped a double that fell between Brent Morel and Juan Pierre in left field, which started the three-run rally (pictured above). Presumably Pierre was playing deep in a “no doubles” defense and it really wasn’t Morel’s play, although he made the effort from his position at third base.
Whether it was anyone’s fault or just one of those things, it doesn’t matter. If the Sox are to dig out of their early season hole, that play and others like it somehow have to be made.
After three straight losses to start the exhibition season–two by one run–the White Sox finally got into the victory column today with a convincing 6-1 home win over the Mariners. The triumph was highlighted by a four-run Pale Hose eighth inning, the first Sox homer of the spring and excellent pitching.
Credit Gordon Beckham, Alexei Ramirez and Paul Konerko for their clutch home run prowess and Alex Rios‘s clutch single which drove in the winning run in the seventh. But the real heroes in the 6-5 come-from-behind victory over Seattle tonight came out of the bullpen in a game that saw Mark Buehrle struggle in only five innings of work as he missed the opportunity to win No. 10.