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Sox Drop Double-Dip to Detroit

July 24 Doubleheader at Detroit

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Short Take:  Emotionally spent from Thursday’s Perfect Game by Mark Buehrle, the Sox lose both ends of a double header to Detroit and fall 2.0 games out of first place in the AL Central.

In the biggest series of the year to date, the White Sox and Tigers locked up on Friday in a virtual tie for first place. The opener of the split double header saw Jose Contreras battle Detroit ace Justin Verlander, while the 2nd game pitted returning Bartolo Colon versus Tiger rookie Eddie Bonine. The Tigers won the opener 5-1 behind excellent pitching by Verlander, as the Sox bats looked sluggish. In the nightcap, Bartolo Colon provided a quality start while the Sox bullpen gave up the game in the bottom of the 8th, handing Detroit a 4-3 victory and a two game lead in the AL Central.

In the opener, Jose Contreras pitched 6 2/3 innings and didn’t look terrible, if not hittable and pedestrian. He scattered nine hits on the afternoon to Tigger batters but kept the game close. Detroit drew first blood with a run in the bottom of the 3rd as Sox-killer Placido Polanco drove in Adam Everett, just waking up from his 2005 World Series coma, with a sac fly. The Sox tied it in the top of the 4th as AJ reached on an error, moved to 3rd on a double by TCQ and then scored on a sac fly by Bacon Beckham. In the 4th, the Tigers took back the lead when Miggy Cabrera doubled and was driven in on a double of his own by Ryan Raburn. The Sox just couldn’t do anything off of Verlander for the rest of the game though, as he would end up going the distance while giving up six hits, four walks and only one earned run. Contreras ran into a rocky 7th and gave up two runs, as Gerald Laird doubled and then scored on an Everett base hit. After Everett stole 2nd, he scored on a single by Polanco to give the Tigers a 4-1 lead. After some Octavio Dotel hi-jinx in the 8th, including an error on a pickoff throw, the Tigers tacked on an insurance run to make it 5-1, which would be the final score. Credit Verlander with the complete-game victory, running his record to 11-5, while Contreras earns the loss to move his abysmal record to 4-9 on the season.

In the nightcap, Bartolo Colon made his return after his rehab assignment at Charlotte and AWOL stint for Michael Jackson’s funeral. Colon looked fresh, going seven strong innings and only walking one Detroit batter while giving up three runs. The Sox, on the other hand, couldn’t capitalize on Tiger rookie Eddie Bonine’s 7+ ERA. Jim Thome gave the Good Guys an early lead with his 17th homer of the season in the 2nd. The Tigers tied it in the bottom half with a homer by Carlos Guillen. The Sox took the lead right back in the 3rd when Scotty Pods reached on a fielder’s choice and then scored on Jermaine Dye’s 22nd homer of the season, a bomb into the leftfield bleachers at Comerica. The Tigers came back in the 5th as Colon began to tire. Marcus Thames and Brandon Inge hit consecutive singles to lead off the inning. Dusty Ryan drove Thames in with a single up the middle (Ramon Castro actually put the tag on Thames after a terrific throw by DeWayne Wise to the plate, but unfortunately Castro dropped the ball). Inge would later score on a fielder’s choice play to tie the game at 3-3. The Sox fate was sealed in the 8th when Scott Linebrink took the mound for Colon. With one out, Polanco singled and then moved to 3rd on a double by Mags (apparently Detroit is waiting until after this series to DFA him). An intentional walk to Miggy Cabrera loaded the bases, and Ozzie called for Matt Thornton to clean up Linebrink’s mess. Matt struck out Rayburn for the 2nd out but walked Clete Thomas to force in the lead (and ultimately winning) run. The Sox couldn’t had no chance with Fernando Rodney’s change-up in the 9th inning, as the Tigers won the 2nd game by a final score of 4-3. Credit Linebrink with the loss (2-5), Brandon Lyon with the win (4-4) and Rodney with the save (21st).

The Sox and Tigers hook up again this afternoon at 3:05 on Fox television. It will be Gavin Floyd (8-6) vs. Edwin Jackson (7-5). Hopefully the Sox can take the next two to split the series and head to the Baggie Dome once again in a tie for first place with Detroit. Go Sox!

Critic's Corner:
 The Sox obviously were emotionally spent after Thursday's historic game. Let's hope they can come back and win the next two.

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