Oh Chicago White Sox bullpen … What have we ever done to you?
Last night with what looked like to be a second consecutive and series win at Camden Yards for the White Sox, ended being a disaster with one out left in the ninth inning.
Maybe the toughest out is the 27th out of a MLB ballgame, because for the White Sox on Wednesday night, with a 4-0 lead with two outs in the ninth inning it was the “toughest out.”
It also made us realize (or confirm) our belief that no lead is safe once manager Robin Ventura has to go to into the bullpen, because that four-run lead with the bases loaded and two outs turned into a Nelson Cruz grand slam and a tied score.
Eventually in the 12th inning, a wild pitch by Daniel Webb gave the Baltimore Orioles a 5-4 victory and a series win.
Sadly, it was that simple, as the White Sox have lost five of their past six games, all on the road. In this current stretch of 16 games in 16 days, the “Good Guys” are 3-6 with two wins against the San Francisco Giants, four losses to the Minnesota Twins and a 1-2 effort against the O’s.
Just looking at the ERA of White Sox relievers, they have a combined 3.90 ERA with a 12-13 record in 78 games.
Of the 16 saves the bullpen has this season, eight are by Ronald Belisario.
In the past seven days, the entire pitching staff of the White Sox is 4.89 in 70 innings, allowing 38 earned runs.
Chicago will enter tonight’s game with a 36-43 record, 8.5 games back of the AL Central first-place Detroit Tigers. They are also six games back of a Wild Card spot.
In other White Sox news:
• A White Sox prospect in Class-A Winston-Salem has been suspended as posted on ESPN Chicago.
• Also at the Chicago Tribune, they wrote Scott Carroll is ready for a “second chance.”
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