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Well, at least we can leave Detroit...

June 12, at Detroit

"These ain't your daddy's White Sox... We're going to keep going after a championship as aggressively as we can."

KW's Hole Cards:
Unsuited 2 & 7
Sometimes, you just get dealt a hand you can't win.

Short Take: Mark Buehrle and Kenny Rogers battle in classic pitcher's duel before Tigers sweep Sox on walk-off dinger.

What can you say? After dropping the first two in Detroit Tuesday and Wednesday, the Sox again had their chances to salvage a win in the Motor City, but once again their streaky offense vanished faster than a pair of hub caps on a car parked next to Comerica Park on Woodward Avenue. Don't fret Sox fans, Mark Buehrle brought his A-game, but the offense scores a big, fat F as Miguel Cabrera lifted a 1-out, solo home run off Octavio Dotel in the bottom of the 9th to give the Tigers a 2-1 win this afternoon and send the Sox home to Chicago with their tails between their legs.

What can you say about Buehrle? He was the only guy who showed up. He threw eight strong innings of work, scattered 7 hits, walked 1 and struck out 6. That's a line that should get you a W, and don't we all know that Mark has earned more than he's received in his career? He pitched out of trouble, like in the third when Ryan Rayburn laid down a perfect bunt to put runners at 1st and 2nd with only 1 out and the top of the Tiger's ultrahyped line-up striding to the plate. Buehrle got a ground out from Edgar Renteria and struck out Placido Polanco. Zero runs. However, Detroit couldn't be held down for ever, and in the sixth, three straight singles did in shut out, but again, even after Detroit had knotted the game a 1, Buehrle buckled down and got the job done stranding a pair of runners by getting out Magglio Ordonez and Miguel Cabrera, the two biggest and baddest bats on Jim Leyland's lineup card.

What can you say about the White Sox offense? Nothing that can be repeated in polite company. After Paul Konerko doubled to lead off the top of the second and advanced on an error by right fielder Rayburn, he scored on a sacrifice fly by Jermaine Dye. At that point, the Sox were on pace to score somewhere between 6 and 7 runs. Um, they'd do significantly worse than that. They wouldn't get a hit again until the 5th inning. They only put a runner in scoring position once after Konerko's run. Hell, things were so bad today that the Yahoo! Sports recap of today's game named Paul Konerko our "Top Batter," and he grounded into two double plays (though, to be fair one was a pretty slick defensive play by the Gambler on the mound, but still... Two)!

Anyways, the writing was on the wall. Buehrle and the bullpen could have held Detroit scoreless for 20 innings and the Sox wouldn't have pushed across a run. It was only a question as to how long the Tigers would take to finish off this sweep and thankfully for everyone's collective sanity and productivity at work, the answer came sooner than later. With Octavio Dotel on in relief of Buehrle, he nearly served up a game-winning home run to Magglio (which would have been the ultimate kick to the balls), but instead served up the game winner to Miggy. Tigers 2, Sox 1. Ugh. But at least the Sox can board a plane and make the quick skip back to the Windy City, while the Tigers have to stay in Motown to host the Dodgers, so I ask whose the real winner here?

What can you say? Thankfully, the Sox return to the Cell for some home cooking this weekend, and the first item on the menu are Roasted Rockies... That's right, nothing cures what ails your offense like facing a team allowing over 5 runs per game and wins under 30% of it's road games (they're 10-24 away from Coors Field). Gavin Floyd looks to right the ship as he faces Jeff Francis. Game time is the standard 7:11 PM Chicago time, and the game will be aired on Comcast Sports Net.

Quest For the Final Table Update:
As the Sox's lifetime record against Kenny Rogers shows, it's wise not to get into too many showdowns with a guy nicknamed "The Gambler."

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8 innings of very strong work and he walks away empty-handed. At least he didn't get another loss pinned on him. That sure was nice of the offense.

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