Hector Noesi took the mound in the eighth inning with a 4-0 lead and just 78 pitches to his name.
A game-tying grand slam and five innings (with a 69-minute rain delay) later, Daniel Webb allowed the winning run to score on a wild pitch.
Let's let a picture say a billion words.
White Sox fans might be advised to just watch the Sox for the first seven innings. That's when the fun stuff happens, like:
- A starter throwing seven shutout innings, featuring unprecedented changeup command.
- Alejandro De Aza taking a potential wall-skimming homer away from Nelson Cruz.
- Jose Abreu hitting a homer.
- Adam Eaton hitting an RBI triple, his fifth three-bagger of the month.
- Tyler Flowers delivering a two-run single.
When the bullpen gets involved, that's when White Sox fans see stuff like:
- Noesi allowing two singles to start the seventh.
- Scott Downs walking the only batter he faced to load the bases after Zach Putnam went 2-for-2.
- Javy Guerra allowing a game-tying grand slam to Cruz on a get-me-over fastball.
- De Aza getting rung up on the worst strike call of the year, prompting the grimace above.
- The Sox going 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position.
- A potential rare third-base coach interference call that couldn't be reviewed.
- Webb's wildness:
Really, the only positive developments over the last two hours were a potential confidence-builder for Jake Petricka, aided by a sweet play on the other side of the bag by Gordon Beckham. Otherwise, it was the kind of game that will result in a job loss or two, and it looks like the first casualty is waiting to be confirmed:
Scott Downs hugged teammates. Not getting dressed. Two guys stopped by to tell him "Happy trails." No announcement from #WhiteSox tonight.— Dan Hayes (@DanHayesCSN) June 26, 2014
Forget it, Scott. It's Birdland.