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Sox Run Out of Gas in Motown

September 3rd vs. the Detroit Tigers

Levels Finished:
The Sox made it way up the ladders, all the way to a seven-run lead, only to be rolled by the Tigers' barrels.

Short Take:The Sox blow an 8-1 lead to lose 9-8 on a walkoff homer by Miguel Cabrera.

Good for Detroit. Everybody knows what that town has gone through and it's too easy and too cruel to make jokes about it. But Detroit does have a quality baseball team, and they proved it today by coming back from an 8-1 deficit to beat the White Sox 9-8.

This is, after all, the Totally Biased Game Recap on White Sox Interactive, and so this little essay is written from the flinty-eyed view of a Sox fan. The Tigers demonstrated today that they deserve to win the Central Division. The White Sox do not, and here's why:

The Sox scored early, getting their first run in the first off a sacrifice fly by A.J. Pierzynski that drove in Alexei Ramirez. The Tigers picked up their own run in the bottom of the first on an RBI double by Miguel Cabrera (a hit that was the subject of a review, which I find interesting...nice to see the umpires actually made to justify a decision). 1-1 tie after one inning.

The Sox collected five runs in the fourth on a couple of Tiger errors. After Dayan Viciedo and Alex Rios singled, the bases were loaded on a botched play by secondbaseman Carlos Guillen that allowed Brent Morel to reach first. Gordon Beckham singled to score Viciedo from third, leaving the bases loaded.

Rios was forced at the plate on a ground ball by Juan Pierre, but Detroit catcher Alex Avila made an errant throw, leaving Pierre safe and allowing Morel to score. Alexei Ramirez then connected on one of his wild swings and hit a three-run homer. That made it 6-1 Sox after four.

In the Sox half of the fifth, Alejandro De Aza and Brent Morel hit back-to-back homers, making it 8-1 Sox. Should've been sittin' pretty, huh? Not so fast.

Gavin Floyd started for the Sox, and poked along through those five innings. He gave up eight hits in that time, three of which scored in the fifth on a single, a triple, and a home run. The Tigers had figured him out. Will Ohman, Jesse Crain, and Chris Sale followed in the next three innings, giving up two more runs among them. Now it's 8-6 Sox going into the ninth, but not to worry, Sergio Santos is coming in.

Again, not so fast.

Austin Jackson got a one-out triple in the bottom of the ninth, followed quickly by a game-tying homer by Ryan Rabum. After striking out Delmon Young, Santos' first pitch to Miguel Cabrera was launched inside the left-field foul pole for a walkoff home run, the kind they make movies about. Final: 9-8 Detroit.

Disappointment is the word that comes to mind when I think about this season, and this game is Exhibit A. To blow an 8-1 lead and give up the game on two ninth-inning home runs, well, there's not much more to say. Whoever comes back next year, I hope they've got more in the tank than these guys have.

Ozzio's Game Rant:
"Hey! Do I get a *%#@% extension now?"

submitted by tebman.

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Alexei Ramirez

Three RBIs on a couple of hits, including a homer. Nice job, but this remains a team game.

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