White Sox: Five Games That Defined 2016 Season

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Aug 3, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (49) sits in dugout during the sixth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 3, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (49) sits in dugout during the sixth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /
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May 14, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers first baseman Ryan Rua (16) hits a triple against the Toronto Blue Jays during the sixth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
May 14, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers first baseman Ryan Rua (16) hits a triple against the Toronto Blue Jays during the sixth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /

White Sox Blow 11-6 lead in 8th Inning Against Texas

The Sox entered its game against the Texas Rangers at 23-10 and coming off an extra inning victory in the previous game. After jumping out to an 11-6 lead, the Sox bullpen imploded in the eighth inning against the Rangers.

The Rangers scored seven runs in the bottom of the eighth inning as Mitch Moreland started the comeback with a RBI single. Adrian Beltre would pull the Rangers closer with a sacrifice fly. This cut the Rangers deficit to 11-8. The Rangers had two outs but were still trailing by three runs at this point. The Sox could have gotten out of the inning but Austin Jackson misjudged a deep fly ball hit by Ian Desmond, this later resulted in a two-run RBI triple.

This cut Rangers deficit to 11-10. Matt Albers was still on the mound pitching throughout the Rangers comeback, and he would ultimately give up the go-ahead runs. Ryan Rua came to the plate with runners on first and third base. Rua would then hit a three-run home run to cap off the Rangers improbable comeback.

The Sox looked like they were going to win the series with an 11-6 lead in the eighth inning, but instead this would be the game that started the downhill slide for the team. The Rangers would ultimately win the series with another comeback win on May 11.

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