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Danks & Co. Cannot Hold Off the Tigers

August 14 vs. Detroit Tigers

Today's Game Rating:
The Sox manufactured some runs in the first, but couldn't get that clutch hit in any other inning.

Short Take: Clutch hitting in the first inning was nice to see. Too bad it did not carry on throughout the game, as the Sox drop the series finale 6-4.

It was one of those perfect days for baseball. A cloudless sky and soft breezes set the scene at U.S. Cellular Field for a matinee with the Detroit Tigers. Unfortunately, the weather was about the only good happenings at the ballpark Wednesday afternoon, as the Sox dropped the final game of a 10-game homestand, 6-4.

Surprisingly enough, the White Sox got to Detroit starter Rick Porcello (9-6) right off the bat in the first. Highlighted by an Avisail Garcia infield single, a Jeff Keppinger sacrifice fly, and a clutch hit by Conor Gillaspie, the Sox put three on the board before all the fans even reached their seats. The Sox took that 3-0 lead into the third, but John Danks (2-10) surrendered a home run to Miguel Cabrera, tying the game.

Detroit would add to its lead in the sixth, scoring three more, only one of which was earned. Omar Infante's single scored Victor Martinez, who'd reached on a base hit. Then, with two outs, it looked as though Danks would get out of the bases-loaded jam. Unfortunately for him, Conor Gillaspie's throwing error allowed two runs to score, giving the Tigers a 6-3 lead. The Sox made it a 6-4 game in the home half of the eighth when Alexei Ramirez reached on an infield single. It looked as though the Sox were set up to score a few more, but Joaquin Beniot came in from the bullpen to strike out both Adam Dunn and Avisail Garcia to end the threat and the inning.

The Sox made it an interesting ninth when Keppinger led off the inning with a single and Gillaspie worked a walk to put runners on first and second with nobody out. Josh Phegley sacrificed the runners to second and third, but neither Jordan Danks nor Alejandro De Aza could come through in the clutch, thereby ending the game.

Believe it or not, this was the Sox first winning homestand since the end of May when they swept the Marlins! Taking two of three from division-leading Detroit and finishing 6-4 on the homestand is pretty good for a team that only has 46 wins in mid-August! The Sox now take their act to Minneapolis on Thursday to begin a four-game series at Target Field. Andre Rienzo (0-0, 4.42 ERA) will make his fourth start in a Sox uniform and he'll be opposed by Minnesota's Mike Pelfrey (4-10, 5.32 ERA), whom the Sox recently beat. The first pitch will be at 7:10p CDT and the game will be broadcast on WCIU.

Hawk and Stoney's Thumb Guide:
Stone Pony, you know who would've loved to have been at the ballpark today? YAZ!

submitted by ChiSoxGirl.

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