No Brooms in Motown; Is Beckham Back?

It was a very winnable game. And after the three-run second, I thought the White Sox were on their way to a sweep of the Tigers. But Detroit starter Brad Penny recovered, his teammates scored three in the sixth to take the lead and the Detroit bullpen held on for the 4-3 Motown victory.

You expected the Tigers to mount a rally, having scored only two runs on Friday night and zero yesterday, so the most disappointing part of the Sox loss was the fact they couldn’t score more runs against a journeyman pitcher who was on the ropes in the early innings. The scenario of the Sox not being able to sustain their offense after an early outburst has been one of the central themes of the 2011 season. So, no surprise here.

The Sox, still four games behind the Tribe for the division lead, now take their series victory at Comerica to Kansas City, where the South Siders always seem to have trouble. Then, it’s on to Cleveland for a showdown.

No rest for the weary.

Silver LiningGordon Beckham, who collected two hits in each of the three games, has lifted his batting average to .255–a very welcome sight.

2 Comments

My most disappointing part of the day was the continuing fate of Philip Humber to be left in 1 batter too long. I’m sure it wasn’t going to stop the Tiger’s rally (they were due, and baseball always seems to even out), but Humber giving up a base hit and walking a batter in the 6th or 7th inning seems to be the signal he’s running out of gas and it seems to bypass everyone (seemingly, including Phil Humber) in a ChiSox uniform.

But, 2 out of 3, with Beckham and Quentin heating up a bit? Not bad at all. I’ll take it.
And, heck, Cleveland lost today, as well. So, the trend of no one wanting to win the AL Central continues.

It does seem almost comical how the Sox always get knocked around by KC. As long as I can remember the Royals have had their best games against us. I bet the Yankees wonder the same thing about us. Go Sox! Go Oz!

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