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Bullpen serves up late Tigers homers in White Sox loss

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Bullpen serves up late Tigers homers in White Sox loss

DETROIT — The White Sox hit three home runs on Friday night and had a lead through 6 1/2 innings.

But instead of win a back-and-forth game against the Detroit Tigers, the White Sox were left to lament a series of missed opportunities and a rough night from the bullpen.

Late solo home runs by Rajai Davis and J.D. Martinez, four runners left in scoring position and a popped up bunt sent the White Sox to a 5-4 defeat in front of 38,455 at Comerica Park. Jake Petricka allowed a game-tying solo shot to Davis in the seventh inning, and Zach Duke yielded Martinez’s game-winner in the eighth.

The White Sox — who got solo homers from Adam Eaton, Jose Abreu and Tyler Flowers — stranded runners on the corners in the ninth against Joakim Soria.

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“It seemed like every time we went up they just seemed to come back and strike quickly,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “Any time you have that guy sitting right there, a couple of guys on, you’d like to see it get done. Tonight it didn’t.”

Even though he didn’t have his best stuff, Jose Quintana managed to survive six innings and left the game leading, 4-3. The Tigers knocked Quintana around for 11 hits but could never quite break through.

But with Quintana set to face the Tigers lineup for a fourth time, Ventura had to turn to the back end of a bullpen he’s used a lot the past 10 days. Petricka, who made his fourth appearance in six days, got ahead of Davis 0-2 in the count but left a changeup over the middle, and the leadoff man blasted it out to tie the game at 4.

An inning later, Martinez crushed a 1-0 pitch from Duke — who made his fifth appearance in seven days — to put Detroit ahead for good.

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“I felt good today, just made a mistake,” Duke said. “We want the ball. We want to be in there and protect leads and win games, and unfortunately I made a mistake and paid for it.”

The White Sox made things interesting in the ninth as they got runners on the corners with one out. But Carlos Sanchez popped up a safety squeeze bunt attempt, and Eaton grounded into a fielder’s choice.

“I was prepared for that situation, but I couldn’t execute it,” Sanchez said through an interpreter. “It was a pitch inside right on my hands. Now I think the best decision was just to let the pitch go. But in that moment, you are trying to get the job done, and I couldn’t do it this time.”

Eaton put the White Sox ahead 1-0 in the first for a second straight game with a leadoff homer. Two innings later, Abreu broke a 1-all tie with his first homer since June 12, a span of 55 plate appearances. Melky Cabrera had a game-tying RBI triple in the sixth inning. Flowers hit a solo homer to start the seventh inning and break a 3-all tie.

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But in between, the White Sox missed out on several key opportunities. They stranded a runner on second base in the first and second innings and left Cabrera on third in the sixth even though there was only one out.

Avisail Garcia doubled to start the ninth with a double off Soria and moved to third on J.B. Shuck’s grounder. But the White Sox couldn’t get it done. They finished 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position.

“It’s just not good execution,” Ventura said. “You have to capitalize if you get some guys on.”

White Sox Talk Podcast: Memories of Old Comiskey Park

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Memories of Old Comiskey Park

For many White Sox fans, Comiskey Park was their introduction to White Sox baseball when they were young. Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey, and Chris Kamka share their memories of the old ballpark. Among them: Chuck talks about seeing Al Cowens charge Ed Farmer on the mound in 1980 creating a bench clearing brawl, Ryan tells the story about catching a Mike Greenwell foul ball, Chuck talks about being there for the 1983 All-Star Game, they discuss the final game ever played there and read favorite memories sent in by White Sox fans.

You can listen to the whole thing right here, or in the embedded player below.

8:26 - Chuck talks about seeing Al Cowens charge Ed Farmer on the mound in 1980 creating a bench clearing brawl.

10:11 - Ryan tells the story about catching a Mike Greenwell foul ball.

12:49 - Chuck talks about being there for the 1983 All-Star Game

15:11 - The guys talk about the final game ever played there.

16:44 - The guys read favorite memories sent in by White Sox fans.

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'White Sox to the Letter'

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'White Sox to the Letter'

Inspired by Ogden Nash’s 1949 poem “A Lineup for Yesterday”

 

A is for A.J.

Once punched in the face

If strike three ain’t caught

He’ll steal first base

 

B is for Baines

Who’s known to speak gently

When asked if he’ll homer

He said, “Evidently!”

 

C for Comiskey

The old baseball yard

When it was torn down

I took it quite hard

 

D is for Donkey

I mean Adam Dunn

He’d strike out or walk

Or hit a home run

 

E is for Eloy

He isn’t here yet

Though an All-Star career

Is still a good bet

 

F is for Fisk

The incomparable Pudge

From his perch behind home

Not an inch he would budge

 

G is for Gold

G is for Glove

Aparicio is

Who I’m thinking of

 

H is for Hawk

Unforgettable voice

Stretch! Dadgummit!

And don’t stop now boys!

 

I for Iguchi

Second base man

Won World Series

Returned to Japan

 

J is for Jackson

The legend still grows

A home run or touchdown

Only Bo knows

 

K is for Kopech

Speed, he has plenty

He’ll pile up strikeouts

In two thousand twenty

 

L is for Luke

Old Aches and Pains

Hit .388

That record remains

 

M is for Mark

As in Mister Buehrle

When he takes the mound

The game will end early

 

N is for no-no

Wilson Alvarez, Humber

Two by Mark Buehrle

Too many to number

 

O for Orestes

Miñoso’s real name

Not in the Hall

And that’s a real shame

 

P is for Paulie

He gave it his all

At the championship rally

Gave Jerry the ball

 

Q for Quintana

Kept coming up short

Only because

Of no run support

 

R is for Richie

But please call him Dick

A dangerous man

When he’s swinging the stick

 

S is for shoes

Which were not worn by Joe

In 1919

Please say it ain’t so

 

T is for Thomas

Amazing career

He went to the Hall

And brewed Big Hurt Beer

 

U for Uribe

He played everywhere

When the ball left his bat

Hands waved in the air

 

V is for Veeck

He knew how to sell

Fireworks, promotions

And Eddie Gaedel

 

W is for William

Or Bill; He was Beltin’

So hot was the corner

Third baseman was Melton

 

X is for Fox

At least the last letter

Among second basemen

Nobody was better

 

Y is for Yolmer

He has sneaky power

The master of giving

A Gatorade shower

 

Z is for Zisk

And others I missed

Unable to fit

In my White Sox list