By: Matt Hoeppner
The Sox struggled against Justin Verlander in game one of today's double header, tonight they will try to get back to even ground against the Tigers. Game one was a sad display of hitting by the South Siders, particularly with runners in scoring position.
6:15: Lineups are out for tonight's game. The White Sox send Bartolo Colon out to the mound making his first start since June 7th against Cleveland. The Tigers counter with Eddie Bonine, who was called up from AAA Toledo to make the spot start. Bonine was up briefly earlier in the year in a relief roll, this will be his first start of the season.
Here is the lineup for the Sox:
7:15: Colon gets some help in the first with a great catch by Wise and a pick off. His fastball is in the upper 80's and is also throwing a change and a cutter. He is no longer the overpowering pitcher he once was and anything the Sox get from him here out will be considered a bonus.
7:25: Thome hits home run # 558 and the Sox take a 1-0 lead in the 2nd. The Sox then had runners and first and third with one out but Beckham was caught stealing on a blown hit and run and Wise struck out to end the inning. Another chance with a runner at third and less than two outs that the Sox couldnt convert.
7:30: Carlos Guillen hits his first home run of the year deep to left and the game is tied at one. A 3-1 fastball right down the middle from Colon and it was crushed. There is no way he can pitch from behind with his stuff. Sox better put some runs on the board.
7:44: After a good at bat with two outs and a runner at second, Jermaine Dye deposits a 3-2 fastball over the fence in left to give the Sox a 3-1 lead. It could be one of those nights here in Detroit, so it would do the Sox well to continue to pile up runs.
8:29: As expected the second time through the order is a struggle for Colon. In the 5th the Tigers get three hits and a walk and score twice to tie the game. The Sox need to start scoring in a hurry with Colon running out of gas.
8:35: Like the first game of the day the White Sox hitters seem to have shut it down as the game moves on. After five hits in the first three innings, the Sox have just one in the next three. Bonine isnt doing anything special out there and the Sox are letting him off the hook.
8:50: Once again the Sox inability to execute costs them. After a Getz single and a walk to Beckham, Wise bunts them to second and third. Casto and Pods strike out to end the threat and the Sox cannot get the runner in from third with less than two outs.
9:00: Colon recovers to battle through 7 innings giving up three runs on 6 hits. It is now up to the Sox offense to pick themselves up as we go to the 8th tied at 3.
9:26: The bullpen once again letting the Sox down. Linebrink comes in to start the 8th, strikes out Granderson but then a single and a double by Magglio Ordonez put runners and 2nd and 3rd. Ozzie chooses to walk Cabrera and Thornton comes in to face the pinch hitter Rayburn. Thornton gets the strike out of Rayburn but then walks Clete Thomas to force in a run. Pena comes in to replace Thornton...and gets Inge to pop out to end the inning. The Sox are three outs away from dropping both games of the double header and will have to face Tigers closer Fernando Rodney, who is yet to blow a save.
9:37: The Sox go 1-2-3 in the ninth and lose both games of the doubleheader. Once again the Sox bats go quiet as they manage only two singles after the 3rd inning. They are now in danger of losing at least 3 games in this series as Edwin Jackson goes tomorrow against Gavin Floyd.
So long from Comerica Park Sox fans, better luck tomorrow
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