It was all set up for the Sox today–a sweep of the A’s, which would only have been the third broom job this season; a fine 4-2 West Coast road trip; and the prospect of cutting the Tigers’ lead to 1 1/2 games as the AL Central frontrunners lost to the Royals.
But not so fast, none of it happened and it’s going to be a long flight back to Chicago.
The Sox lost their 2-1 lead in the eighth. Scott Hairston, he of the “beat my dad’s and granddad’s team as much as humanly possible” Hairstons, doubled in the tying run to make it 2-2. Then Bobby Jenks surrendered the game-winner with two outs as Mark Ellis, a thorn in the side of the South Siders all weekend, homered to left. Sox lost the game 3-2, were denied the sweep, finished the six-game road trip at .500 and remain 2 1/2 games behind Detroit.
With the scary 11-game road trip looming vs. the Red Sox, Yankees, Twins and Cubs, a game like this is one you have to put in the books as a “W.” But the combination of the White Sox and sweeping the opponent has become somewhat of an oxymoron.
The Royals and Orioles come into the Cell for six games before we hit the road. If a division title is in the cards, a successful homestand (dare I say 5-1?) is a must.
Note of the day: A very, very disappointing loss. Ugh.