10/03/08 10:48 PM EST
White Sox Short Hops: Game 2
Chicago wastes opportunities, Buehrle's seven frames
By Brittany Ghiroli / MLB.com
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The Sox squandered several key opportunities to put more runs on the board Friday, and now find themselves needing three straight wins.
With a pair of singles to open the seventh inning, a noticeably displeased Ozzie Guillen watched Rays lefty J.P. Howell retire Jim Thome, Alexei Ramirez and A.J. Pierzynski. Chicago's sluggers couldn't even move the runners, and momentum was back in the Rays' hands.
12 -- The White Sox bats registered 12 hits, but couldn't get the big knock when they needed it, stranding 12 total baserunners. Despite plating a pair of runs in the first inning, Chicago went 3-for-12 with runners in scoring position.
The White Sox right-fielder was the lone offensive bright spot, going 4-for-5 with a run scored. Unfortunately for the Sox, Dye never came to the plate when Chicago needed him most.
The southpaw did allow five runs, but two of those came when Buehrle was clearly out of gas in the bottom of the eighth. The Sox starter outlasted Rays starter Scott Kazmir and was the tough-luck loser in a disheartening loss.
The slugger notched a first-inning single, but the powerful Thome is just 1-for-8 with one RBI in the series.
Sense of October
The Sox outfield let Dioner Navarro's two-out bloop hit land in for a double, and the relay throw to Pierzynski was too late at the plate, allowing Rocco Baldelli to score the third Rays run in the eighth inning. The play -- which got a standing ovation from the Rays crowd -- was indicative of the Sox night.
5 AB, 4 H, R
Comment: With four singles, Dye is now 5-for-9 in the series. He also became the first White Sox since Tim Raines on Oct. 8, 1993, to record a four-hit postseason game.
7 IP, 6 R, 10 H, 0 BB, 3 K
Comment: The line doesn't do Buehrle justice, as the only hard hit balls off the southpaw were B.J. Upton's eighth-inning triple and Akinori Iwamura.
"The same thing I say almost all summer long. We're against the wall. We've got to fight like a cat and, now it's a must-win game." -- Ozzie Guillen, on what he will tell his 0-2 squad
The Sox will travel back to Chicago and have a much-needed workout day on Saturday to forget about their woes at Tropicana Field. John Danks will take the hill in a do-or-die Game 3, looking to keep Chicago's postseason hopes alive.
Brittany Ghiroli is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.