The baseball gods (or MLB’s broadcasting office) just don’t want this season to end. Because the AL Central is still up for grabs, the Chicago White Sox had to face the Detroit Tigers in a make-up game at US Cellular Field on Monday. The scenario was simple - White Sox win, Twins come to town for a one-game playoff; White Sox lose, they can start scheduling tee times.
After sitting through a three hour rain delay, it seemed that the Sox’s season was sunk. Although he started off with a shaky 1st inning, Tigers pitcher Freddy Garcia held the White Hose in check, clinging to a 2-1 advantage entering the bottom of the 6th.
But two big factors turned the tide for the home team: Garcia’s elbow and Alexei Ramirez.
Freddy’s arm was bothering him, and after giving up a walk, Jim Leyland took Garcia off the mound. Before Freddy was able to put ice pack to elbow, the Tigers’ bullpen managed to give up two walks & two wild pitches, allowing Dewayne Wise to walk in with the tying run, and leaving the bases loaded. (When did the Mets bullpen move to Detroit?)
Enter Alexei. First pitch: a fastball from Tigers reliever Gary Glover. Result: Wham, bam, thank you, ma’am. Grand slam. Sox go up 6-2.
Ramirez also helped add some insurance, coming home on an 8th inning hit, as the Sox kept hope alive with an 8-2 triumph.
So much for the Twins’ taking a trip to Tampa tonight. Maybe tomorrow.
Exciting as the Sox-Tigers tilt may have been, it must have been a real bummer for all those viewers who were planning to watch ESPN2’s coverage of Game 3 of the WNBA Eastern Conference finals. Hope their cable companies had ESPN Classic for the first half.