A grand slam to tie the game in the eighth and a wild pitch in the 12th led to another loss for the Chicago White Sox, falling to the Baltimore Orioles, 5-4 in 12 innings at Camden Yards.
At least that was a new way for the White Sox to lose a game in 2014, as they fall to 36-43 on the season. Baltimore moves to 41-36.
Look at this stat in a Tweet from @ckamka
That is a string of not only losing baseball (the White Sox have lost six of their last seven games), but maybe bad luck as well.
Is a bad bullpen considered bad luck?
I didn’t think so.
Yes, this team doesn’t quit, that’s great and all, but they can’t pitch when the game is on the line either, and the organization hasn’t done much to fix this problem as of late.
OK, sorry for getting off track a bit, back to the loss on Wednesday.
Here is the sequence of the eighth inning (where the White Sox started with a 4-0 lead) and how the O’s tied the game:
Things are looking good for a second straight win. A quick look at Noesi’s numbers: seven innings pitched, two earned runs, nine hits, no walks and two strikeouts.
That’s a solid outing for the No. 4 starter.
That’s a quick version of how a team can lose a lead with four pitchers in one inning.
Webb walks Nick Hundley, who is replaced by David Lough on the bases. Lough reaches third on a base hit by Nick Marakis … and then the reliable bullpen we’ve come to love has a wild pitch from Webb that scored Lough to end the game.
That sums up the game pretty much, with Webb being charged with the loss. The win went to Baltimore’s Tommy Hunter.
And what really hurts is such a good effort with a 4-0 lead headed into the eighth inning was crumbled up like a piece of notebook paper and tosses into the trash can.
Eleven hits by the White Sox, including doubles from Adam Dunn and Alejandro De Aza, plus a triple by Eaton didn’t help gain a win, because the bullpen seems to not be able to handle the pressure of keeping the lead and finishing off the win.
Maybe tomorrow will be a bit different for the “Good Guys” as they begin a four-game set with the Toronto Blue Jays in Canada. The pitchers will be Scott Carroll for the White Sox and J.A. Happ for the host Blue Jays.