The euphoria surrounding Mark Buerhle’s perfect game came to an abrupt halt tonight as the Sox dropped both ends of the day/night doubleheader against the first place Tigers. The Sox, who were in a virtual tie with Detroit before today’s games, now have to win the next two to even the series and the standings.
The first contest was just one of those games. Superb pitching performance by Verlander, a few bloop hits by the Bad Guys and most likely a hangover from yesterday’s celebration.
The second game was a model of frustration. Colon pitched much better than most of us thought (7 innings, three runs), but blown opportunities at the plate and another sub-par performance by the pen did us in. In the 8th, Linebrink got himself into a heap of trouble–which is becoming too commonplace–and the usually reliable Thornton walked in the winning run.
The perfect game followed by the twinbill loss–a great example of the highs and lows in a 162-game baseball season. I liked yesterday much better.