The updated run total for the White Sox in the ninth inning this season through 40 games: 38 (tops in the majors).
The Sox made a furious rally from four runs down in the ninth inning in Oakland on Monday night, but the rally fell short and the Sox lost 5-4.
The loss was the fourth in the last five games for the Sox and the 15th straight game for the Sox in Oakland scoring four or fewer runs.
John Danks picked up his third loss of the season. Danks went six innings, gave up three earned runs on six hits, walked two and struck out five on 116 pitches.
The Sox trailed 5-1 after seven innings, with Dayan Viciedo‘s second-inning home run being the only on the board for the Good Guys.
After entering the ninth inning down four runs, the fun began for the Sox. Jose Abreu led off the inning with his league-leading 14th home run of the season to cut the Oakland lead to 5-2. Adam Dunn walked, Dayan Viciedo doubled and Alexei Ramirez singled home pinch-runner Moises Sierra to cut the lead to two.
Paul Konerko pinch-hit for Alejandro De Aza and drilled a sacrifice fly to center field to score Viciedo to make it a 5-4 game. After Ramirez stole second, both Tyler Flowers and Leury Garcia struck out and the rally (and game) ended.
Sure, it’s another loss, but Sox manager Robin Ventura had to have been pleased with his team’s fight after Sunday’s disappointing performance.
- Monday was a rough night for Sox reliever Daniel Webb. In the seven inning, Webb gave up two earned runs on two hits, walked four (yes, four) in a 29-pitch inning.
- The Sox lead all of baseball with 38 ninth-inning runs. Second on that list? The Oakland Athletics (23).
- Jose Abreu through his first 40 games: A .272/.324/.620 slash line, 14 home runs, 38 runs batted in and 11 doubles.