Have you ever watched something on television and thought, “I know how this is going to end … and it’s going to suck”?
That’s what Chicago White Sox fans must have been thinking last night during their 12-inning loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night.
For the second time in the month of June, the White Sox held a comfortable lead in the eighth inning, only to see it evaporate thanks to a grand slam. The White Sox bullpen could not hold a 4-0 lead and the Sox lost in 12 innings in the three-game finale against Baltimore, 5-4.
Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz unloaded on a Javy Guerra pitch to tie the game at four after starter Hector Noesi departed in the eighth inning. The grand slame by Cruz was his 24th of the season, one ahead of Sox slugger Jose Abreu. Abreu homered earlier in the game for his 23rd of the season.
To make matters worse for the Sox, the Cruz game-tying grand slam was not even the worst thing of the night.
Not only did the White Sox have to sit through a 69-minute rain delay after the ninth inning ended, the way the Sox lost last night was befuddling.
What’s hilarious about the 5-4 loss is that the Sox won back in April off an extra-inning wild pitch. As a Sox fan, you had to have been thinking, “Why did I stay up for THIS?”
Although his solid start was wasted by the White Sox bullpen, Hector Noesi was a rock for the Sox on Wednesday. In seven innings of work, Noesi gave up nine hits, but all nine were singles. Noesi got the O’s to hit into two 6-4-3 double plays and was relatively in control from the get-go.
Noesi did allow back-to-back singles to open the eighth inning for Baltimore, which were his credited two earned runs allowed after the Cruz slam.
The loss was the White Sox sixth in the last seven games. They currently sit in last place in AL Central at 36-43, 8 1/2 games out of first place.
The long, 11-game road trip continues for the White Sox on Thursday night over the American border and into Toronto, Canada for a four-game set with the Toronto Blue Jays. With the Sox 1-6 on the trip, the Good Guys turn to Scott Carroll. Carroll will make his first start since the middle of May after a 1-3 start to the season. The Blue Jays will send left-hander J.A. Happ to the hill. First pitch is scheduled for 6:07 CT.
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