Instant Rationalization - Sox finally play poorly enough to lose one

Instant Rationalization - Sox finally play poorly enough to lose one
A little too much of this // Chris Sweda, Chicago Tribune

Four home runs allowed by Gavin Floyd, two errors, Zach Stewart, Hector Santiago and Jesse Crain combining for three walks in a combined 1.2 innings.

And yet, it wouldn't take much convincing of any White Sox fan in attendance that their team would pull it out once more.  At least until the 12th inning.

Despite the ocean of runs allowed to a less-than-revered Mariners offense, the Sox offense battled back throughout the day.  They answered Floyd allowing home runs in each of the first four innings with six runs of their own in frames two through five.

And after Crain and the defense melted down and blew a 7-5 lead with three runs in the 8th inning, Dayan Viciedo hit a dramatic game-tying home run in the bottom half.

But as the game stretched to the 12th, a second inning of work from Addison Reed--who closed the night before--was too much to ask.  Doubles to Jesus Montero and John Jaso, and the great indignity of an RBI single to Chone Figgins sealed the Sox fate, and ended the win streak

Mariners 10, White Sox 8 - 12 innings

Key Performers

Gavin Floyd - 5 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 4 HR - Probably slightly better than his line indicates, as almost every mistake he made wound up in the seats.  The line is really, really bad, though.

Alejandro De Aza - 3 for 5, 2 R, BB, K - All superlatives due to him except for when he was doubled off curiously in the 9th to kill a rally.

Gordon Beckham - 3 for 6, HR, 4 RBI - He remains dynamite when his parents are in attendance.

Tom Wilhelmson - 3 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K - Dominated the Sox throughout the extras and deserved the win he was credited for.

Adam Dunn & Paul Konerko - 0 for 10, BB, 4 K - Offense was hardly the problem on this day, but anything from this normally reliable group would have changed the fate

Turning Point

A spent Addison Reed had a tick less on his fastball and no slider to lean on in his second inning of work, and was drilled for doubles to right field by Jesus Montero and John Jaso in the 12th.  After Chone Figgins squared him up for a single to put the Mariners up 10-8, Ventura had to admit he had nothing left. and put in Jose Quintana, which could affect Wednesday's game.

Things Would Be Different If...

A lot fits here.  Konerko and Dunn's no-show, Jesse Crain's command issues, Zach Stewart failing in his one batter opportunity in the 6th making him unavailable later, Gavin Floyd's hanging cutters that caused the bullpen to be so overstretched, Orlando Hudson not being a 3rd basemen after all.  There are lots of regrets when a game is lost by allowing 10 runs.

Takeaway

After nine straight wins, and seven straight defeats of the Mariners, eventuality struck, but the Sox finally combined enough of their faults into one game.

They built quite a new life for themselves in the win streak, the offense is still rolling and Chris Sale starts Sunday, so all is far from lost.

 

Team Record, 30-23, 1 game up

 

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