It was a rough start for the White Sox offense in a key three game series against the Detroit Tigers Friday night. The Sox lost 7-4 in the Motor City while only managing five hits and stranding 13 runners in scoring position. Jake Peavy had a rough outing for the Sox giving up nine hits, six earned runs, and walking four through six innings. The Sox were locked in a 4-4 tie when Tigers' outfielder Delmon Young smashed a base clearing three-run double in the bottom of the seventh. The hit proved to be too much, too late for the Sox to recover and now have their A.L. Central lead down to two games.
The lone bright spot for the Sox may have been seeing catcher A.J. Pierzynski start to hit the ball once again. Pierzynski snapped an 0-17 hitless streak through the last six games by going 2-4, including a solo home run in the second inning. The rest of the offense failed to capitalize on opportunities and hit the ball into gaps to provide a spark. Five Sox batters went hitless and despite getting seven walks, the Sox labored to get any runs across the plate when it counted most.
The loss to the Tigers adds pressure for the Sox the next two games in this crucial series. The Sox are just 3-16 in the last 19 games played at Comerica Park and their fourth loss in five games in a seven game road trip. The Sox hope to get back on the winning side of things on Saturday when they send Francisco Liriano (5-10, 5.06) against Max Scherzer (14-6, 4.13). The Sox and Tigers face each other only six more times this season and each game will have more and more importance added to it if the division race remains close as the season winds to a close. With these important games, the Sox need their bats more than ever and they need them now.
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