It happens over the course of a 162-game season. There are walk-off wins, walk-off losses that make you toss and turn all night and blowouts like the 18-9 pummeling the White Sox took from the Twins last night.
With every game important from this point on, how did the Sox react to the humilitating loss? Skipper Robin Ventura put it best, "We'll forget this game and play tomorrow." Good for him, no sense in dwelling on it, even though the concerns grow about Jose Quintana and the pitching staff in general as it is apparent that some of our hurlers have hit the proverbial wall.
It wasn't a total loss for the Sox. The Tigers were defeated by the Tribe for the second day in a row so the South Siders' one-game lead remains. It's interesting to note that the Sox have a bigger division lead than the Yankees. With last night's Orioles win over the Blue Jays and the Yanks' loss to the Rays, Baltimore and New York are now tied for first place in the A.L. East. Just a few weeks ago, the Yankees had a 10-game lead. And, by the way, the Rays trail by only a game and a half.
Although it's small consolation and pales in comparison to the Twins seven-run and 10-run innings, the Sox set a franchise record with 10 doubles--five in the four-run 8th inning. Let's give credit where credit is due. The 10 doubles were collected by Adam Dunn, Dayan Viciedo (2), Alexei Ramirez, Dan Johnson, Dewayne Wise (2), Ray Olmedo, Tyler Flowers, Alejandro De Aza.
It'll be Jake Peavy on the hill this afternoon, trying to get the Sox a series win before the Royals and Tigers invade the Cell.