While the White Sox claimed a big victory today, the Indians already had knocked Chicago out of playoff contention last week. Detroit’s Monday night victory clinched the AL Central for the Tigers, accomplishing an impressive September comeback to win the worst division in baseball.
And, oh yeah, the Indians lost badly on Monday. They managed just two hits and one walk while striking out 12 times against the fearsome trio of Hector Santiago, Jesse Crain and Leyson Septimo.
Only two games remain now for the Tribe (67-93) in 2012, who secured their third season with less than 70 wins since 2009. They’re one of only 5 MLB teams (Kansas City, NY Mets, Pittsburgh, Houston) to not have a .500 record or better during these four years.
Top 6th: Chi White Sox
- A. Dunn singled to shallow center, D. Wise scored
- A. Rios singled to left, A. Dunn scored, P. Konerko to second
- A.J. Pierzynski singled to right center, P. Konerko scored, A. Rios to third
- D. Viciedo singled to right, A. Rios scored, A.J. Pierzynski to third
Top 8th: Chi White Sox
- A. Ramirez singled to shallow center, A.J. Pierzynski scored, D. Viciedo to second
Top 9th: Chi White Sox
- A. Dunn singled to shallow right, D. Wise scored, K. Youkilis to second
- P. Konerko singled to shallow right, K. Youkilis scored, A. Dunn to third
- D. Viciedo homered to deep left, J. Danks, R. Olmedo and A.J. Pierzynski scored
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