Box Scores: Sox Continue To Slide, Cub Continue To Suck
The White Sox's playoff hopes took another serious blow Saturday when starting pitcher Chris Sale only went 3 ⅓ innings and the offense continued to sputter. After closing the Tigers' AL Central lead to one game Friday, the Sox again failed to hit again and the Tigers reopened their lead to two games with their win against the Twins. That brings the magic number down to three before the Sox are eliminated from playoff contention. The Rays scored 10 runs on 13 hits, led by home runs from Keppinger and Gimenez, with Matt Joyce homering twice. Orlando Hudson drove in all four Sox runs with a grand slam in the eighth inning. The loss means the Sox will probably need to win their final four games and hope for a disastrous run by the Tigers down the stretch.
The Cubs lost their 99th game of the season Saturday behind another sub-par outing from Justin Germano. They have now lost seven straight and will try to avoid losing their 100th game of the year Sunday. There was a minor dust up when the Diamondbacks thought Germano intentionally hit catcher Miguel Montero after Justin Upton's long two-run homer. Germano dismissed that saying, "I think he was yelling 'Hit me, hit me' after I did. That's not really my game. I give up home runs all the time. If I hit people after (homers) I'd be hitting quite a bit of people." Touché, Germano, touché.