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Tigers 14, White Sox 4: An embarrassment of embarrassments

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John Danks tips his cap to Detroit.
John Danks tips his cap to Detroit.

Josh Kinney had already given up four runs in the sixth inning when Brandon Inge hit one right through the box. It glanced off Kinney, but it didn't make it into an infielder in time. Inge reached to extend the White Sox's misery.

With his next pitch, Kinney hit Austin Jackson with a fastball to the back. You seldom see a White Sox pitcher throw inside when they're trailing big, but with the White Sox trailing 12-2, it was as good a time as any.

Of course, this being a White Sox-Tigers game, Ramon Santiago followed with a double down the right-field line to score two, and only a pity hold by Gene Lamont kept the Tigers from posting a 15th run. They didn't even take the White Sox seriously enough to take the plunking personally.

That about summed up this game. Outside of Brent Morel's two solo shots to center and Shane Lindsay throwing three scoreless innings (cutting his ERA from 24.00 to 12.00), nobody would put this game on their resume -- including a couple of fan favorites. Among the facepalms:

John Danks: He pitched a scoreless first, and then couldn't post a zero the rest of the way. Three in the second, two in the third, one in the fourth, and two more in the fifth. The game turned on back-to-back homers by Jhonny Peralta and Ryan Raburn (who had his third four-hit game of his career, all against the White Sox).

Juan Pierre: His arm turned a single into an Alex Avila singled into a double, and two batters later, this happened on a Raburn drive to left (courtesy of 3E8):


Alejandro De Aza: When the ball caromed off the wall, De Aza bobbled it while trying to pick it up, which gave Raburn third base (ruled a double and an error). That ended up mattering when Raburn scored on a Danks wild pitch, extending the Detroit lead to 8-2. Later in the game, De Aza struck out twice in one at-bat (Mark Wegner said a two-strike foul tip hit the dirt, and it wasn't even close).

Dayan Viciedo: Had his first misread in right field on Miguel Cabrera's ground-rule double to right field, which was a big contributor to Detroit's two-run fourth. He also grounded into a double play, but he at least he singled and walked, which means he has hit in his last nine starts.

White Sox hitters: Went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position, compared to Detroit's 8-for-18.

White Sox pride: Over their last 22 innings, the Tigers have outscored the White Sox 40-6.

Kinney: He got BABIP'ed to death for this line: 1 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 0 BB, 0 K. Plus, the one HBP.

Record: 73-73 | Box score | Play-by-play