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Sox Play Spoiler, Lose in Season Finale

October 4 at Detroit Tigers

KW's Daily Special:
Grilled Turkey
The Burger Joint is now closed until February when pitchers & catchers report. All that's on the mind now is Thanksgiving turkey.

Short Take:   John Danks was shaky, allowing four runs on seven hits and walking four in just five innings of work, yielding a Sox loss.

The Burger Joint opened for the last time in the 2009 season this afternoon, leaving fans hungry for White Sox baseball in 2010. In the season finale up at Comerica Park in Detriot, the Sox were fooled at the plate by Justin Verlander initially, but made things interesting in the eighth inning off the now 19 game winner. Unfortunately, the Sox fell short and leave the Burger Joint with their 83rd loss of the season, this time by a score of 5-3.

John Danks was shaky in the first inning, allowing a double and walking three Tigers' hitters. Amazingly, Danks somehow got out of the inning, allowing just one earned run. With Ryan Raburn taking the lead-off walk and Magglio Ordonez doubling him over to third, Ozzie Guillen signaled for Danks to intentionally walk the dangerous Miguel Cabrera. With the bases loaded and one out, Carlos Guillen then walked, scoring Raburn and giving the Tigers an early 1-0 lead. Danks got out of the inning without further damage, getting Brandon Inge on strikes and Curtis Granderson grounded out to Mark Kotsay at first.

The score remained 1-0 until the bottom of the third when Detriot plated two more. Gerald Laird led off with a bunt single and went to second on Adam Everett's sacrifice to Danks. Ryan Raburn then homered to left, scoring Laird in front of him and increasing the Tigers' lead to 3-0. Things got worse in the fifth when Magglio Ordonez put one in the seats, increasing Detriot's lead to 4-0.

Daniel Hudson came on in relief of John Danks in the sixth, surrendering another home run to Ryan Raburn- his second on the afternoon- which gave the Tigers a solid 5-0 lead. Up to this point in the game, the White Sox had managed two hits off Justin Verlander. However, things unraveled for Verlander in the top of the eighth when the Sox made things interesting.

Mark Kotsay led off the inning with a ground out to short, then Alex Rios followed with his fifth hit of the series, singling to center. Alexei Ramirez followed with a single, moving Rios into scoring position for Ramon Castro. The back-up catcher doubled to deep center, scoring Rios and finally putting the Sox on the board. With the Stick on third, Brent Lillibridge singled to center, scoring both the Stick and Castro, and making this thing interesting, 5-3. Lillibridge went to second on a wild pitch by Verlander, but Scott Podsednik's popout to third followed the swiped bag. Jayson Nix walked, putting the tying run on first for Carlos Quentin. TCQ hit a blooper to center that looked like it was going to drop and tie the game, but Curtis Granderson made a spectacular, game-saving catch, ending the inning for the Sox.

And with that, the 2009 baseball season comes to an end on the south side. It's no secret that things didn't turn out how many in the media, the organization, and some fans thought. As usual, Kenny Williams has some work to do this off-season, but one thing's for sure... the 2010 starting rotation of Mark Buehrle, John Danks, Jake Peavy, Gavin Floyd, and Freddy Garcia gives Sox fans everywhere something to not only smile about, but look forward to during the long off-season. It has been a pleasure bringing these game reports to you this season, despite the abysmal Sunday record the Sox earned, and I look forward to writing more game reports of the winning variety come April!

Critic's Corner:
 Three stars for the three runs they scored in their half of the eighth inning comeback, where they fell just short of making the game interesting.

submitted by ChiSoxGirl

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