Frustrating night on the South Side
White Sox drop game to Red Sox, lose Contreras to injury
CHICAGO -- Red Sox Nation consumed U.S. Cellular Field on Saturday night, leaving White Sox fans with little to cheer for.
Reliever Boone Logan exited the game to a chorus of boos in the seventh, and Adam Russell was treated unfavorably by the crowd in the ninth after giving up a single to Kevin Youkilis. It was difficult to discern which fans got the better of the home-team scream during the seventh-inning stretch.
Indeed, it was a rough day on the South Side of Chicago, with the White Sox dropping Game 2 of the four-game series, 6-2.
Perhaps the only thing that went the White Sox way was the fact that the score of the Twins-Royals game wasn't final when the crowd dispersed. The Twins beat the Royals, 7-3, to assume a half-game lead over the White Sox in the American League Central.
"Well, we [don't] deserve to be in first place," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "The way we play, I don't think we deserve it. The guys in first place right now are playing better ball than we [have] the last couple weeks, and that's why we are where we are."
Things were going well enough for the South Siders until Logan took the ball to start the seventh inning. With the game knotted at 1, Logan gave up back-to-back singles and then walked J.D. Drew to load the bases.
Guillen came out to the mound to talk -- or more appropriately, shout -- at his struggling reliever.
"I cannot [repeat] it here, because I will get in trouble," Guillen said. "This is a pennant race. I want men on the field. This is a pennant race. We got to step it up.
"You don't know how many times [general manager] Kenny Williams talked about this ballclub the last two weeks, and I keep telling him we got what we need. And some people make me look bad. Some people make me disappointed. Some people make me think about what we have.
"Every time the players don't do their job, it's the manager's fault. Well, yes, I take the blame, because I am the manager, but some players got to look themselves in the mirror and be embarrassed and should [play] better."
Whatever Guillen said, it didn't work. Dustin Pedroia singled in a run before David Ortiz hit a bases-clearing double off the left-center-field wall, all but giving the Red Sox the win.
At that point, Guillen -- and the sold-out crowd of 39,243 -- had seen enough. Russell entered the game for mop-up duty and pitched three innings of one-run relief.
"I tip my hat to Russell," Guillen said. "This kid went out like a man and [took] it and [pitched] real well."
As for Logan, the White Sox plan to designate the reliever for assignment before the game on Sunday.
Jose Contreras started the game for the White Sox, but he went down in the top of the second while trying to cover first. He ruptured his left Achilles' tendon and will miss the rest of the season.
D.J. Carrasco came on in relief of Contreras and threw 4 1/3 innings of relief, surrendering just one run on three hits. He retired the first nine batters he faced in the game, and stranded the two runners that Contreras left on before departing.
"I was able to come in here and give us some quality innings and give us a chance to win," Carrasco said. "When I came out the score was tied, so I felt that I did my job."
The White Sox offense had its chances to score, but it was unable to capitalize time and again. Four inning-ending double plays sealed their fate, three of them coming off the bat of A.J. Pierzynski.
"Bottom line, we had chances," Pierzynski said. "We didn't take advantage of them."
Pierzynski wasn't the only hitter who struggled against Red Sox starter Daisuke Matsuzaka. The White Sox only managed five hits, with Jim Thome's ninith-inning solo homer being too little, too late.
Chicago hasn't lost the series yet, but Saturday's display looked a lot like the thrashing the Red Sox put on the White Sox last season.
"I will take a half-game out when everybody thought we would be 25 games below .500," said Guillen, concluding his postgame remarks. "We will continue to fight. We got 25 guys out there; we will continue to fight and it will be interesting. Now we got to look up, because there is one team in front of us. Hopefully, tomorrow, we go back to first place."
David Just is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.