I picked up most of this game on the drive down to my parents. I tuned in and the Tigers had a nice 3-0 lead in the top of the fifth when the wheels fell of the wagon in the bottom half of the inning. Paul Konerko singled and the next two batters went down in order. Then Carlos Guillen misplayed Sandy Alomar’s grounder and that left runners at first a second. A double and a single later (with some help from Marcus Thames misplaying the ball in left field), and the White Sox had tied the game.
Heading into the bottom of the seventh, the game was still tied. Jermaine Dye singled, but then Joe Crede hit a hard grounder to Brandon Inge in what should have been a tailor made double play. Instead, he threw the ball into right field and both guys were safe. Sandy Alomar, Jr. then knocked in Dye with a sac. fly and the White Sox had their first and only lead of the game.
Both starters threw well. Kenny Rogers gave up four unearned runs with only four hits in seven innings. Mark Buehrle was credited with three runs, but most of that was because of a misplayed double play by I think Juan Uribe (I picked this up on the radio) that extended the Tigers big inning.
Jamie Walker had only one unintentional walk leading into Wednesday’s game against the Twins. Since then, he’s walked two batters without getting a single out. Fortunately the walk today didn’t come back to haunt them, although then again, the White Sox didn’t end up need the run.
Tomorrow is Zach Miner vs. Freddy Garcia at two o’clock our time. This is a pretty important game for the Tigers because they can really stop the damage with a win.