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Stranded Runners in Excess Lead to More Futility

September 19 vs. Detroit Tigers

A.J. Pierzynski
The whole offense

Having himself a nice night, Pierzynski went 3-for-6 with two RBIs. However, despite scoring seven runs on 14 hits, the Sox managed to strand 21 runners on base, leaving me no choice but to exile the entire offense.

Short Take:   Just when you thought things couldn’t get worse for this team, they did in a way we never thought possible... by stranding 21 runners on base! Completely dreadful.

This one was bad from the word Go. It’s a safe bet that ESPN was regretting picking up this game as soon as the Sox went into their tailspin over the last ten games, but there was no turning back, so they had no choice but to broadcast last night’s debacle. And what a disaster it was. The Sox reached new lows in last night’s game, stranding an unprecedented 21 runners on base; 21!!!! I didn’t think it was possible for a team to leave that many runners on base, but the Sox never cease to amaze – good or bad. The result of this horrendous effort was a 9-7 defeat in 11 innings and a series sweep at the hands of the Tigers.

Things looked promising when this game started, as the Sox jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first. They even managed to increase their lead to 3-1 in the sixth, but then the wheels came off in the seventh when the Tigers plated six. John Danks had only thrown 90 pitches through six, and ordinarily he’d have plenty left in the tank. However, it’s September, meaning Danks was out of gas... and it showed. He alternated surrendering walks and hits to four of the first five hitters he faced, which allowed the Tigers to tie the game. The nightmare continued. With one out, Gerald Laird’s and Austin Jackson’s back-to-back hits scored two more, giving the Tigers a 5-3 lead. Ozzie had seen enough and went to J.J. Putz who, after allowing a two-run double to Will Ryhmes, finally retired the side.

Having stranded so many runners up to this point, things looked bleak for the Sox. After all, they’d given up six runs in the seventh, which has become commonplace for this pitching staff. But somehow, some way, they managed to fight their way back into this one, tying the game 7-7 in their last at-bat, highlighted by RBI singles from Brent Morel and Juan Pierre. However, it was actually a wild pitch by Robbie Weinhardt (2-2) that allowed the tying run to score. Great... this one was going extras.

Extra innings meant more of the same for the Sox, who stranded five more runners in the final two frames. They deserved to lose this one, but not before the Tigers made it official. Sergio Santos (2-2) retired the first two guys in order and had Brandon Inge struck out, but a wild pitch that A.J. eventually found and threw down the right field line allowed Inge to reach base. Ozzie called for the intentional walk of the “intimidating” Brennan Boesch, setting up Gerald Laird’s RBI single. With the score now 8-7 in favor of Detroit, they added one more just for good measure when Austin Jackson doubled. I wish I could tell you the Sox went 1-2-3 in the 11th, but they didn’t; they just set it up to break our hearts one more time. As the line from Fever Pitch says, we love the Sox, but they’re not loving us back.

After last night’s disgusting performance at U.S. Cellular Field, the Sox finished their second to last homestand an embarrassing 2-7. This game ended close to midnight, meaning the Sox would arrive in Oakland in the wee hours of the morning, which they deserve. If you have the stamina and courage to endure anymore White Sox baseball this season, you’ll have another opportunity late tonight, as the Sox take on the A’s. Gavin Floyd (10-13, 4.08 ERA) will take the mound for the sinking Sox, and he’ll oppose Oakland’s Gio Gonzalez (14-9, 3.47 ERA). The first pitch will be at 9:05p CDT and the game will air on Comcast Sports Net.

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 The Sox are playing their worst baseball of the season. That's all that really needs to be said.

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