Sure, the 5-2 start to the season the White Sox enjoyed was nice. Winning two games out of three against the defending AL Central Division champion Detroit Tigers was even better.
Still, there's no reason to expect the Sox to be serious contenders. They reminded us all to keep our expectations realistic with a horrific 10-4 loss to the Baltimore Orioles Monday night.
The Sox took a 4-1 lead into the eighth inning in this one. The lead shrunk in the eighth when Jesse Crain gave up a solo home run to Matt Wieters. 4-2, still no big deal, right? Wrong.
Young closer Hector Santiago had his first meltdown of the season. He gave up a solo home run to Nolan Reimold leading off the ninth to make it 4-3. Then, he got the next two outs and looked like he might earn the save. Unfortunately, he grooved a 2-1 fastball to Baltimore clean-up hitter Adam Jones, who parked it to tie the game 4-4.
The Sox went quietly in the bottom of the ninth inning. The game went to extra innings, and the top of the 10th went thusly:
1. Z. Stewart relieved H. Santiago
2. M. Reynolds safe at first on center fielder A. De Aza's fielding error, M. Reynolds to third
3. C. Davis doubled to left, M. Reynolds scored
4. JB predicts a 10-4 loss in the WSI gamethread.
5. R. Andino singled to pitcher, C. Davis to third
6. N. Reimold singled to shallow left, C. Davis scored, R. Andino to second
7. J.J. Hardy reached on bunt single to pitcher, R. Andino to third, N. Reimold to second
8. N. Markakis grounded into fielder's choice, R. Andino out at home, N. Reimold to third, J.J. Hardy to second
9. A. Jones struck out swinging
10. M. Wieters homered to deep right, N. Reimold, J.J. Hardy and N. Markakis scored
11. R. Paulino grounded out to second
Pretty brutal pitching and defense. And there's your 10-4 loss.