White Sox score 18 runs on Friday ... and lose two games
The struggling White Sox had a strange and very bad day on Friday.
So it would seem to be good news that the Sox rose up for a total of 18 runs across those two games. In the first game, Chicago scored a total of 10 runs for just the second time in 2013. In the night-cap, they scored eight runs for the first time season.
On the other, more important hand, they managed to lose both games.
Yes, the Sox surrendered 19 runs in the first game, but that wouldn't be the worst indignity they'd suffer on Friday. In the eighth of second game, the Sox at one point had a 97.8 percent chance of winning ...
But then closer Addison Reed gave up four runs in the ninth and the South Siders lost 9-8, with the killing blow courtesy of former Sock Nick Swisher.
Across both games, which spanned a combined seven hours and 53 minutes (as Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune notes, it was the longest doubleheader ever in which neither game went extras), Chicago allowed 46 opposing base-runners. To repeat: They put 46 Indians on base.
They also used a total of nine pitchers on the day, and only one of them didn't allow a hit. The pitcher who didn't allowe a hit? Outfielder Casper Wells. He also probably threw the White Sox's best breaking ball of the day.
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