Two brutal innings from bullpen sink Sox

April, 17, 2012
Levine By Bruce Levine
Inside of two gut-wrenching innings on Monday night, the Chicago White Sox played their worst baseball of the season, losing to the Baltimore Orioles 10-4 in 10 innings.

It had to happen sooner or later, as closer Hector Santiago blew his first save of the season. Santiago gave up two solo home runs in the ninth inning -- the second off the bat of Adam Jones to tie the game at 4-4.

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Brian Kersey/Getty ImagesWhite Sox reliever Zach Stewart sits in the dugout after giving up six runs in the 10th inning.
The first batter Santiago faced, Nolan Reimold, laid off a 2-2 pitch that looked like strike three, but was called a ball. Reimold sent the next pitch out of the park.

“It was a tough night and just that one pitch might have changed the inning, but I guess it happens you know,” Santiago said.

The 10th inning was an even worse nightmare for the Sox as the Orioles plated six runs in an inning that included a three-base error on a missed fly ball in centerfield by the usually sure-handed Alejandro De Aza.

“I don’t know what happened, the ball just dropped,” De Aza said. “I think when I jumped I jumped to early and took my eyes off of it.”

Another misplay by the infield that inning set up Matt Wieter’s grand slam off of Zach Stewart.

The night is one Robin Ventura and his team should try to quickly put behind them.

“[That’s] something we will do to somebody else,” the White Sox manager said after watching Baltimore steal a game from his team.

Bruce Levine | email

Chicago baseball beat reporter
Bruce Levine has covered sports in Chicago for over 28 years and hosts "Talkin' Baseball," heard Saturday mornings on ESPN 1000.



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