A Heartbreaking, Extra-Inning Loss and a Long Plane Ride Home

A Heartbreaking, Extra-Inning Loss and a Long Plane Ride Home

Even with Paul Konerko, A.J. Pierzynski, Alejandro De Aza and Alexei Ramirez getting the day off, the White Sox were right there this afternoon and on the verge of winning the series against the Dodgers after the clubs split one-run victories on Friday and Saturday.

But in the end it was not to be for our Sox as the Dodgers scored the tying run in the ninth and winning run in the 10th for the 2-1 victory.

Jose Quintana was at his usual poised, masterful self and pitched shutout ball through eight innings, giving up only five hits with no walks while striking out six. He left the game with only 77 pitches under his belt and in the usually capable hands of closer Addison Reed in the bottom of the ninth with a 1-0 lead.

Reed was touched up with a leadoff single by pinch-hitter Bobby Abreu, who always seems to do damage against the Sox. After striking out Dee Gordon on a foul bunt, Reed gave up a single to Elian Herrera, moving Abreu to third. Abreu scored a batter later on a sac fly by Juan Rivera to tie the game--giving the Sox closer his first blown save. Reed then walked Andre Ethier intentionally and escaped with score knotted up at 1-1 by retiring Jerry Hairston, Jr. on a fly ball.

The South Siders were retired in order in the top of the 10th and Matt Thornton came on the bottom of the inning in relief of Reed. The same Thornton who wild pitched the winning run across the plate on Friday night in the 7-6 Sox loss.

Thornton, who seems to be regressing and far from reliable, was the victim of a misplayed liner by Jordan Danks that turned a Tony Gwynn Jr. single into a triple and put the winning run on third with one out. Thornton got a reprieve by retiring Matt Treanor on a ground ball to Gordon Beckham with the infield pulled in. But after issuing an intentional pass to Abreu, he coughed up the game-winner for the second time in three days, as Gordon smacked a run-scoring single to leftfield  that scored Gwynn.

Sox Notes of Note: The only White Sox tally came in the sixth on a Dayan Viciedo single that scored Brent Lillibridge...The Sox collected only the one run and six hits off of Dodger starter Chris Capuano and struck out a total of 13 times, 12 at the hands of Capuano and one from the eventual winning pitcher Ronald Belisaro...Adam Dunn K'd three times, but we expect that from time to time and, of course, we've gotten 23 homers and 52 RBIs in the bargain. The alarming fact is that backup catcher Tyler Flowers got the golden sombrero by striking out  all four times he came to bat. He has now struck out 20 times in 45 at bats...The Sox finished the six-game road trip to St. Louis and Los Angeles at 2-4 and have lost the last three series to N.L. clubs including Houston last weekend...Despite their recent struggles, the Sox still have that 1 1/2 game lead over the Tribe, but the Tigers are very much in the picture only three games behind.

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