How it happened: The White Sox aren’t getting much offense and what they are getting isn’t holding up. Clinging to a one-run lead in the eighth inning, Matt Thornton gave up an infield single and a walk followed by a wild pickoff throw to second base that put runners in scoring position. Asdrubal Cabrera made him pay with a go-ahead two-run single. For the second consecutive day a solid start was wasted, this time from Dylan Axelrod, who gave up one run on three hits over six innings.
What it means: The bullpen coughed up the lead for the second consecutive game as suddenly the most consistent part of the team is wavering. After giving up a four-run inning Sunday, the bullpen went from the best ERA in the American League to the second best at 2.22. The bullpen still entered with the best opponents’ batting average at .183. It stands to reason, though, that if the relievers are pitching in tight games every night it’s not always going to end as planned. A member of the bullpen has taken the loss in each of the three games of the homestand.
Outside the box: The White Sox have been in nearly all of their games this season, they just can finish the deal. Of their 19 games so far, a whopping 17 have been decided by three runs or less. The White Sox are 4-6 in one-run games, 1-3 in two-run games and 1-2 in three-run games. Their record on the season fell to 7-12.
Off beat: Nobody disputes the value of groundskeeper Roger Bossard, but his field pulled a fast one on left fielder Alejandro De Aza. The Indians’ Lonnie Chisenhall hit a ball to shallow left in the second inning and before De Aza could get a glove on it, the ball took a wild hop to his right. It was originally ruled an RBI single and an error, but changed to a double when replays showed the bad hop.
Up next: The White Sox will send left-hander Jose Quintana (1-0, 2.55 ERA) to the mound Tuesday against the Indians in the middle game of the three-game series. Cleveland will counter with right-hander Zach McAllister (1-2, 3.12) in the 7:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.