Updated: October 4, 2011 12:35AM
DENVER — Of all the White Sox’ losses this season, this one topped them all.
A frustrating 3-2 loss in 13
innings that ended with Troy
Tulowitzki scoring from first on a bloop single in front of center fielder Brent Lillibridge took the cake for Sox manager Ozzie Guillen.
In a strange way, Guillen was happy to be put out of his misery.
‘‘I was kind of glad,’’ Guillen said, ‘‘because I was suffering there with my coaches. We had opportunities. F--- it. Get the game over with, and we go home and hopefully get it
tomorrow. It was the worst game we played all year long. We had chances over and over and over, but we didn’t take advantage. You do that over and over again, the baseball gods get you.’’
Lillibridge was in center because Guillen benched Alex Rios (0-for-3)
for not running hard. Rios also dropped a fly ball.
‘‘Rios don’t run the bases; that’s why I got him out of the game,’’ Guillen said. ‘‘It’s not the first time it happened. I don’t like the way he runs the bases. . . . And that’s a message for everyone: If they don’t f---ing run the bases, their reputation comes on me, and I have a greater reputation in this f---ing game to do it that way. They don’t run the bases, they’re out of the game. I don’t give a s--- if it’s Paul Konerko or Adam Dunn or anyone. You don’t run the bases, you’re out of the game.’’
Tulowitzki had reached on a walk by losing pitcher Will Ohman and got a running starting on a 3-2 pitch to Ty Wigginton. The hit fell in front of Lillibridge, whose throw home wasn’t all that close to getting Tulowitzki.
Lillibridge described it as a weird play.
‘‘We’re playing no doubles in one of the biggest ballparks in this league,’’ Lillibridge said. ‘‘Once it stops, I have to make sure [I field it]. I can’t go in on a bare-hand sprint and miss the ball. . . . That’s a good call by the third-base coach there because he knew I had to break down and grab the ball.’’
A second-inning home run by Alexei Ramirez against Rockies starter Jason Hammel gave the Sox a 1-0 lead. And Juan Pierre, playing where he launched his
career with the Rockies in 2000-02, doubled in a run in the fifth to give the Sox a 2-1 lead.
But the Sox continued to stumble on their scoring opportunities, wiping out two potential big
innings with double plays by Brent Morel and Carlos Quentin.
As the saying goes: If you ain’t clutch, you ain’t much.
Case in point: In the third,
Gordon Beckham singled before Sox starter Gavin Floyd put down a sacrifice bunt. Pierre singled, but left fielder Charlie Blackmon was playing shallow, forcing third-base coach Jeff Cox to hold Beckham at third. When Morel hit into a double play to end the inning, Cox found himself wishing he had rolled the dice and sent Beckham home.
Case in point No. 2: In the fourth, Quentin led off with a double but never advanced. Konerko grounded to short, Ramirez popped out and A.J. Pierzynski tapped a roller back to the mound.
Case in point No. 3: In the fifth, the Sox got a run on Pierre’s double and loaded the bases, only to have Quentin quash the threat with a double play.
After that, the Sox were just plain inept, going 2-for-27 in the sixth through 13th innings. Konerko and Pierzynski were each 0-for-5.
In the trash can this morning is a strong start by Floyd and scoreless relief appearances by Chris Sale, Matt Thornton and Jesse Crain.
‘‘The way we played today from the first inning, I don’t think we should win this game at all,’’ Guillen said. ‘‘The only thing we did was pitch well. Everything else was very bad.
‘‘When they play like that, they should dress and leave right away. For one second we didn’t deserve to win. Very bad.
‘‘They struggle with men on third base with less than two outs. We [don’t] do the little things, and we expect to win? Hell, no. You play like s---, you go home like s---. What else you want to know?’’