It's never easy when a long winning streak comes to an end. You always want it to extend one more game--and in the case of the White Sox, 10 would have had such a nice ring to it.
Yesterday's heartbreaking, 10-8, 12-inning loss to the Mariners was a game that was winnable despite another bad performance by Gavin Floyd (five runs, nine hits and four home runs--two to Ichiro--in five innings) subpar efforts by relievers Jesse Crain (three runs, two hits and a walk in one inning) and Addison Reed (who allowed two runs and three hits in a single inning of work) and an A.J. Pierzynski overthrow of third that gave Seattle a temporary lead.
A silver lining within these developments is the fact that the Sox were in it because they kept coming back. They were down down 2-0, 3-2 and 5-3 before they built a 7-5 lead after seven innings. Even when the Mariners solved the usually reliable Crain for a three-spot and took advantage of the A.J. error to go ahead 8-7 in the eighth, the Sox came right back in the bottom half to tie the score with a clutch two-out homer by Dayan Viciedo. Unfortunately, the comeback stopped there as the Sox failed to score in innings 9-12 while allowing a pair to Seattle in the top of the 12th.
More Silver Linings: The more we see of him, the more we're believing that Gordon Beckham is back and yesterday was a clear indication that he's making huge strides with his 3 for 6 day, a homer and four RBIs...Right alongside Beckham in the Sox youth movement is Viciedo, who only went 1 for 5, but made it count with HR No. 12 to keep the Sox in the game...Speaking of being back, Alex Rios is having the kind of year we hoped he would. He hit home run No. 5, scored twice and is now hitting .285...Pierzynski is heading for his best year ever. He hit No. 9 with Rios on board in the second--and forget about the error, it happens...How about the wonder that is Alejandro De Aza, who was 3 for 5 with a walk and two runs scored? He's now flirting with .300. ..And, finally, the bottom line: The Sox remain in first, 1 1/2 games ahead of the Tribe.