I never thought I'd say this, but it's a relief to leave Kansas City and come home to face the mighty Yankees.
The White Sox just endured a weekend of futility against their new chief nemesis where they were flat in every phase of the game, getting swept by 4-2, 9-4 and 5-2 scores. The sloppy defense, the untimely walks by the pitching staff and the lack of offense was apparent this weekend in the afterglow of winning three of four in Toronto.
Coming off of their first four-error game of the year last night, the Sox went hitless for 6 2/3 innings today against Jeremy Guthrie before Paul Konerko was credited with an infield hit that looked more like an error. In the eighth with two outs, Dayan Viciedo and Ray Olmedo singled. They scored the tying runs moments later as a Dwayne Wise hard-hit ground ball went through the legs of first baseman Eric Hosmer and rolled to the rightfield wall. Wise, who made it to third on the play, was stranded as Gordon Beckham popped out.
Then in the bottom half of the inning with the score tied and holding some renewed hope, the roof fell in. A leadoff walk, a stolen base, an RBI single, two more walks, a run-scoring error and another RBI did in the Sox for good, who went down 1-2-3 in the top of the ninth.
With Kauffman Stadium in the rear-view mirror the Sox return to the Cell tomorrow night to face the team with the league's best record. After the last two series against the Royals, I'll take my chances with the Yankees knowing full well that Derek Jeter, Robinson Cano, Mark Teixiera, Ichiro Suzuki, et. al. will be making the trip. It can't be much worse than the last three days. And it wouldn't stink if Alejandro De Aza and Kevin Youkilis were back in the lineup.
Need something to make you feel a little better? OK, the Tigers lost two of three from the Orioles in Detroit and we still have a game and a half division lead. Not the good news we were hoping for, but it's something.