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Another Bad Night for Jenks

July 21 at Seattle

Gavin Floyd
Bobby Jenks

Great job by Floyd to match Hernandez zero for zero. Jenks let the team down, plain and simple. No excuses.

Short Take: Ineffectiveness by the Sox closer costs the South Siders a game for the second time on this road trip.

It looked like the White Sox were going to sneak out of Seattle with a sweep Wednesday night. After 10 innings of scoreless baseball, the South Siders took a 1-0 lead in the top of the 11th when Gordon Beckham scored on a two-out RBI single by Omar Vizquel. The Sox were three outs away from a win, and the Mariners had scored only one run in the first 28 innings of this series.

No problem, right? Wrong.

Sox closer Bobby Jenks (1-3) fell apart in the bottom of the 11th, allowing two runs on three hits as the Mariners salvaged the final contest of the three-game set by handing the Sox a 2-1 loss.

Seattle's Jack Wilson started the winning rally with a perfect bunt single. He couldn't have rolled it any better up the first base line. Nothing the Sox could have done about it. Ichiro Suzuki laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt to advance Wilson to second with one out. Neither of those two well-executed bunts were Jenks' fault. What happened from that point forward, however, was all on the Sox closer.

Jenks threw a flat fastball right down the middle to Chone Figgins, who lined it into center field for a base hit. Wilson moved to third on the play. With Franklin Gutierrez at the plate, Figgins swiped second base without a throw. Now, both the tying and winning runs were in scoring position with only one out.

On a 2-2 pitch, Jenks left a breaking ball up and out over the plate. Gutierrez swatted it into center field for a two-run single that sent the Sox to defeat.

As a result, another terrific start by right-hander Gavin Floyd went to waste. Floyd tossed seven innings of shutout ball. He struck out six and walked just one. His ERA over his last nine starts is 1.16. Unfortunately, he has only a 3-2 record to show for it over that same span.

While Floyd was silencing the Mariner bats, Seattle ace Felix Hernandez was doing the same to the Sox. The right-hander struck out eight over eight innings and allowed just two singles. Hernandez retired the final 17 batters he faced.

When Beckham doubled with one out in the 11th off Seattle reliever Brandon League (7-6), it was the first Sox hit since the third inning. Still, the South Siders had a golden chance to win after Vizquel delivered the go-ahead hit in the clutch.

Unfortunately, the closer's spot is suddenly a question mark for the White Sox, who drop to 3-4 on this 10-game trip. Up next after an off-day Thursday is a three-game set in Oakland. The first-place Sox will try to start another winning streak Friday by sending left-hander Mark Buehrle (8-8, 4.18 ERA) to the hill. He'll be opposed by Oakland's All-Star right-hander, Trevor Cahill (9-3, 3.19 ERA). The game starts at 9 p.m. You can watch on WGN.

TBGR Diary:
Jenks just hasn't been right ever since his wife had an illness. The team needs Bobby to be the closer, so hopefully he can get it together.

submitted by JB98.

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