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Updated: September 30, 2013 1:21PM



Mercy!

The White Sox’ 2013 season came to a merciful end with a 4-1 loss against the Kansas City Royals on Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field. The 63-99 record is the worst since the 1970 Sox finished 56-106, and it’s the first last-place finish since 1989.

A baker’s dozen doesn’t do proper injustice to what’s been witnessed since April 1, but here are 13 lowlights of 2013. Read ’em and weep:

◆ May 13: In a 10-3 loss at Minnesota, the Sox make one error and short-hop throws to intended targets, miss cutoff men and misplay pop-ups causing, manager Robin Ventura to assemble the team for a 2 p.m. high-school-style practice the next day.

◆ June 15: Chris Sale becomes the first Sox pitcher since 1913 to strike out 14 and lose when he allows two unearned runs on two errors by shortstop Alexei Ramirez in a 2-1 loss in Houston.

◆ June 16: One day later, pinch runner Jordan Danks is picked off second base to end a 4-3 loss. The Sox had been held to three hits over six innings by Lucas Harrell, a pitcher they had placed on ­waivers. Jordan’s brother John
(1-3) takes the loss.

◆ June 23: Jesse Crain’s franchise-record streak of 29 scoreless innings ends when Ramirez mishandles Alcides Escobar’s grounder for a two-run error in the eighth inning that gives the Royals a 7-6 lead and eventual win.

◆ June 25: Gordon Beckham crashes into Addison Reed and drops David Wright’s pop fly in front of the mound with two outs in the ninth against the Mets, allowing the tying run to score. The Sox win 5-4 but it’s the snapshot photo of the season, and it feels like a loss in the clubhouse.

◆ June 28: Indians rally for four runs in the ninth against Reed to sweep a doubleheader by 19-10 and 9-8 scores at U.S. Cellular Field. The games last a combined 7 hours, 53 minutes, the longest doubleheader for two nine-inning games in baseball history. A 25-minute rain delay between games extends the misery.

◆ July 8: A Monday night crowd of 31,552 watches the bullpen implode and the Cubs complete a four-game Crosstown Cup sweep. What started in late May was finished in July because of a rainout. The Sox are swept by the Cubs (who go on to lose 96) for the first time 1998.

◆ July 26-Aug. 4: A 3-2 loss in 12 innings at Detroit gives Sox a 10-game losing streak and completes an 0-7 road trip, their first trip ever of seven games or more without a win. The streak tops other skids of eight and nine games.

◆ Aug. 30-Sept. 9: After winning 10 of 12 games, the Sox win only the last game in a mistake-filled 10-game road trip through Boston, New York and Baltimore.

◆ Sept. 10: Third baseman Conor Gillaspie makes three errors in a 9-1 loss to the Tigers, and Paul Konerko adds a fourth. The Sox also make four errors against the Tigers on Sept. 24, a day after they committed three.

◆ Sept. 21: Leading 6-0 in the ninth, relievers Nate Jones and Reed give up six runs and the Tigers go on to win 7-6 in 12 innings. It’s the first time in franchise history the Sox blow a six-run lead in the ninth and lose.

◆ Sept. 24: After Dayan Viciedo and Gillaspie homer in the ninth in Cleveland, Reed gives up a two-run walk-off homer to Jason Giambi. The next day, the Sox lose their 14th in a row to the Tribe, a franchise record against one team. Indians finish 17-2 against Sox and dish out 55th road loss, a franchise record.

◆ Sept. 29: Leadoff man Alejandro De Aza is doubled off second to end the first inning, the 18th out he’s made on a pickoff or baserunning mistake, a fitting way to close the season. An inning later, Beckham is out easily trying to stretch a single into a double.

Email: dvanschouwen@suntimes.com

Twitter: @CST_soxvan



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