What a difference a closer makes. The White Sox have a good one, and that's a big reason why they won the first two games of the series.
Justin Verlander had a bit of a relapse into his crappy April self. He gave up seven hits and his pitch count was in the hundreds by the fifth inning. That brought in Bobby Seay, who only allowed one hit in 3 innings of relief. Unfortunately that one hit brought in a run, and was followed by a sac fly. Still, Seay did pitch 3 strong innings; and Freddy Dolsi pitched in a perfect 2 innings to give the Tigers a chance to win.
And chances they had. Bases loaded in the seventh. A lead off double in the 8th. Another double with two outs in the 9th. Six chances to drive in the game tying run. The results were 4 strikeouts, a walk, and a infield pop-out.
The big hit did not come tonight. Some need to come tomorrow afternoon. If there is any situation where a game in July can be classified as "must-win" tomorrow's contest fits the bill.
Tigers 6 White Sox 7
W: Danks (8-4)
L: Verlander (8-10)
S: Jenks (21)
W - L
52 - 51
3rd Place AL Central (7.5 GB Chicago)