Tigers 9, White Sox 0
The Chicago White Sox are struggling at the plate, on the mound
and in the field.
Brad Penny and Ryan Raburn took advantage.
Penny gave up only one hit, which could’ve been ruled an error,
and Raburn drove in three runs to help the Detroit Tigers beat
Chicago 9-0 Sunday.
”Right now, we’re getting our heads beat in,” Juan Pierre
said. ”A week ago, we might have been the best team in baseball,
and right now we might be the worst.”
The White Sox have lost nine of 10 after starting the season
”We’re not hitting, we’re not making pitches and we are making
blunders in the field,” A.J. Pierzynski said.
The White Sox have scored just 32 runs in its last 12 games.
They didn’t score any for Edwin Jackson (2-2) on a day he really
needed the support at the plate and from his teammates on
Jackson (2-2) gave up eight runs – seven earned – on 12 hits and
four walks over 5 2-3 innings.
”Jax just didn’t have a slider at all,” Pierzynski said. ”It
was just spinning up there, and usually it is his best pitch. They
got a lot of hits off bad sliders, and that normally never
Jackson held the Tigers scoreless through three innings, then
they scored five in the fourth thanks in part to some poor defense
and three more in the sixth.
Jhonny Peralta’s liner to left was mishandled by Pierre, letting
two runs score. Alex Avila followed with a triple on a deep fly
that faded away from center fielder Alex Rios, allowing two more to
score. Brandon Inge scored the final run of the inning on a
headfirst slide, beating a throw from shortstop Ramirez on a
Penny had a no-hit bid broken up on what was ruled an infield
With one-out in the sixth inning, Brent Morel hit a chopper down
the third-base line. Inge backhanded it behind the bag and made a
throw in the dirt that first baseman Miguel Cabrera couldn’t field
cleanly to attempt a tag on Morel.
Official scorer Ron Kleinfelter called it a hit, not an error
that would’ve kept the no-hitter intact, after watching the
”My decision is based on my understanding and application of
ordinary effort,” Kleinfelter said 45 minutes after the game.
”Based on that, I stand by my call. It was a base hit. Pure and
Most of 35,227 fans at Comerica Park booed, but Tigers manager
Jim Leyland agreed with Kleinfelter’s decision and Penny didn’t
have a problem with it.
Chicago’s Juan Pierre, who was standing in the on-deck circle
during the play, also thought the scorer got it right.
”There’s no way that’s a routine play,” Pierre said. ”Inge
makes a lot of plays look routine, but that doesn’t mean they are,
especially since Mo can get down the line.”
White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said he hopes his players are
tired of getting beat.
”We need to cut this off right now,” Guillen said. ”It seems
like we are waiting every day to lose the game. It is time to show
people how good we are.”
NOTES: White Sox RHP Jake Peavy is scheduled to throw on the
side Sunday, taking another step toward a tentatively scheduled
start April 28 after his surgically repaired shoulder was tender
and irritated. … Morel had a team-high two hits.