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Just Make It Stop

September 14 vs Detroit

Levels Finished:
The Sox had this one won, then imploded on the last level.

Short Take: Bad relief pitching, horrible execution, idiotic managing, and yes, another loss to the Tigers.

The White Sox will finish the 2011 campaign with a 5-13 record against the playoff-bound Detroit Tigers. It's a miracle they managed to win five.

The Tigers completed a three-game sweep of the South Siders Wednesday with a 6-5 victory in 10 innings at U.S. Cellular Field. The Sox should have won this one. They took a 5-2 lead into the ninth inning before pissing the game away with the usual criminal stupidity.

The meltdown started with one out in the top of the ninth when Sox-killer Ryan Raburn hit a solo home run off Chris Sale to make it 5-3. For those scoring at home, Raburn has five home runs and 17 RBIs in just 50 at-bats against the Sox this season. He went 6-for-7 with two home runs in this three-game set alone. That's embarrassing. Can we pitch this guy a little different please?

Sale then walked Magglio Ordonez, bringing the tying run to the plate and setting the stage for a managerial blunder by Ozzie Guillen. Detroit skipper Jim Leyland sent Brandon Inge to the on-deck circle to pinch hit for Andy Dirks. Inge is only batting .203 this season, but ya know, he bats right and Sale throws left. The fearsome Inge caused Guillen to crap his jammies and bring in right-hander Sergio Santos.

Leyland countered by sending up the guy he wanted at the plate all along, left-handed hitting All-Star catcher Alex Avila, the proud owner of a .301 batting average. Avila showed why he is a much better hitter than Inge by unloading on a center-cut fastball from Santos. The two-run homer was Avila's 19th of the season and it tied the game at 5-5.

Yo, Oz! Next time just let the .203 hitter bat, OK? Enough of this lefty-righty crap.

Santos escaped the inning without further damage, setting the table for the Sox to blow a golden opportunity to win in the bottom of the ninth.

Juan Pierre fouled off several pitches to draw a leadoff walk from Detroit lefty Phil Coke (3-9). That's when Guillen decided to do what he does best -- needlessly give away outs and set his team up to fail. Alexei Ramirez might have had two hits and two RBIs already in the game, but Guillen made him lay down a sacrifice bunt.

Ramirez got the job done and advanced Pierre to second, but all that accomplished was opening up first base. That allowed Detroit to walk Sox captain Paul Konerko (2-for-4, 2 RBIs) intentionally and set up a lefty-on-lefty matchup between Coke and Sox catcher A.J Pierzynski -- a favorable situation for the Tigers.

Guillen unwittingly took the bat out of the hands of the top two RBI men in his lineup. Together, Ramirez and Konerko accounted for four of the Sox five RBIs in Wednesday's game. Too bad neither had a chance to swing with the game on the line in the ninth.

Pierre stole third in an effort to make the job a little easier for Pierzynski. Alas, the veteran catcher is a GIDP machine this year. Do I really need to tell you what happened next? Yeah, I guess so: 4-6-3, double play. Pierzynski's done that 19 times this season. What new?

At that point, you knew the Tigers would win this one. And they did, touching Santos (4-5) for a run in the top of the 10th. Detroit closer Jose Valverde fanned the side in the bottom of the inning to earn his 44th save, and that was that.

It's too bad because Sox rookie Dylan Axelrod performed well in his first big-league start. He struck out eight and allowed only two runs over six innings. He was two outs away from his first career victory, but then the roof caved in.

Mercifully, the homestand is over. The Sox begin an eight-game road trip Thursday night in Kansas City. Mark Buehrle (11-8, 3.53 ERA) will take the mound for the South Siders. He'll be opposed by Royals lefty Jeff Francis (5-16, 4.88 ERA). Game time is 7:10. You can watch on Comcast SportsNet Plus.

Ozzio's Game Rant:
Thees keeds no show enough fight. Maybe that's because I quit on them four months ago.

submitted by JB98.

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