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Jenks Collapses Again, Sox Lose in 10

July 26 at Detriot Tigers


KW's Daily Special:
Steak Tar-Tar
The struggles of Bobby Jenks continued this afternoon, disappointing both the owner and customers of Kenny's Burger Joint.

Short Take:   The Sox came back and took the lead in the fifth, only to have Jenks blow his second save this week, eventually costing the Sox this much-needed victory.

After four years of watching Bobby Jenks pitch in a Sox uniform, fans of the south side team would tend to believe that blown saves would be a much more rare occurrence than they have been as of late. Unfortunately, Jenks finds himself in the middle of a personal bad stretch of baseball and as a direct result, so have his teammates, who have dropped their third in a row and haven't won since Buehrle's Perfection. The Sox fought back in this one after being down 3-1, but Jenks blew the save and the Tigers ended up seizing the momentum swing and took this one 4-3 in ten innings.

The scoring started early for the Tigers, who plated two in the home half of the first. Gavin Floyd walked Curtis Granderson to lead off the inning, and he went to second on the fielding error by Paul Konerko (only his second of the season) on Placido Polanco's grounder. Clete Thomas sacrified Granderson and Polanco over, and the two were standing in scoring position for Miguel Cabrera. Cabrera singled to right, scoring Granderson and giving the Tigers a 1-0 lead. Carlos Guillen then followed with a fielder's choice to first, scoring Polanco. It was 2-0 Detriot, but there was plenty more baseball left to be played.

The Sox got on the board in the top of the second when A.J. Pierzynski went deep to right field. The score remained 2-1 in favor of the Tigers until the top of the fifth when the sox took their first lead of the ballgame. Chris Getz led off with a single and scored the tying run on hot-hitting Gordon Beckham's double. Scott Podsednik added to his OBP when he singled to center, and also drove "Bacon" home in the process. The Sox were up 3-2, and it was a lead they held until the bottom of the ninth when disaster struck.

Bobby Jenks, who's had a July he'd rather forget, came in with two out in the bottom of the eighth to relieve Octavio Dotel, who'd put the tying run on first via a walk to Miguel Cabrera. Jenks did his job by striking out Carlos Guillen to end the inning, but he lost something along the way because he wouldn't make it out of the ninth unscathed. Ryan Raburn was first up for Detriot, and Jenks got him on strikes. With one out, Brandon Inge singled and was replaced by pinch-runner, Adam Everett. Marcus Thames hit for Gerald Laird, and it paid off for Jim Leyland and Company. With Thames standing on first and Everett at third, Ramon Santiago came to the plate. He popped out to Alexei Ramirez at short for the second out. It looked as though Jenks might escape this jam by the skin of his teeth, but not this time. On an 0-2 count, Curtis Granderson doubled over the head of Gordon Beckham, driving in Everett with the tying run. Jenks got Placido Polanco to ground out to short, but the damage had been done; it was on to extra innings we'd go.

The Sox went quietly in the top of the tenth... it's just too bad the Tigers didn't follow suit in the home half. Ozzie Guillen went to D.J. Carrasco- who's been superb out of the bullpen- in the tenth, but it just didn't work out this time; he wouldn't retire a batter. Clete Thomas singled to left, as did Miguel Cabrera, and Carlos Guillen brought Thomas home with his base hit to center, ending the game, 4-3 in favor of Detroit.

Just like that, the Sox now find themselves three games out of first place, a spot they shared with these same Tigers just two days ago. The Sox look to stop this losing streak tomorrow night at Comerica Park, while also trying to salvage one game of the four. Clayton Richard (3-3, 5.00), whose last start was nothing short of excellent, will start for the White Sox, while the Tigers will counter with Rick Porcello (9-6, 4.40). Since this is now the Sunday Night Game of the Week, the first pitch will be at 7:05p CDT and the game will air on ESPN for the whole country to see.

WSI's
Critic's Corner:
 One star. The ninth was simply vomit-inducing.


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