The White Sox started today's game by loading the bases with one out after a single, double and a walk. But Paul Konerko missed a couple of hittable pitches during his walk, Alex Rios struck out after swinging over a hanging changeup (the 11th pitch of the at-bat), and A.J. Pierzynski bounced out to short. A golden opportunity during a 33-pitch first inning for Jered Weaver yielded zero runs.
In the sixth inning, Mike Trout drew a walk with one out. He moved to third on a hit and run, bringing up the heart of the Los Angeles order. Albert Pujols doubled to left for two runs, and Kendrys Morales cranked a two-run homer to right. Four runs.
The (in)ability to string together hits -- hell, contact -- decided this game, and ended up sealing the White Sox's sweep. Thanks to a victory by the Minnesota Twins in Game 1 of a doubleheader in Detroit today, the Sox will return to Chicago no worse than tied for first place, but it's hard to imagine how they'll hold on if they can't come up with a single hit with runners in scoring position.
After today's 0-for-5 performance, the White Sox finished this 1-5 road trip with three hits over 42 at-bats with runners in scoring position. Not surprisingly, they scored a whopping 11 runs over the six games.
Gavin Floyd pitched beautifully through five before hitting a wall in the sixth, but it's hard to blame him -- or any pitcher during this stretch. There's simply no room for error.