Game 64: ChiSox Hand Bucs 9th Straight Loss

Gordon Beckham’s last RBI was a run scoring single in the sixth that put Chicago up for good. 9 straight losses.

Brad Lincoln was less than stellar in his third career start. He hit two guys, allowed a couple of walks to lead off innings and overall gave up five runs in six innings on six hits while only whiffing two. The Pirates jumped out to a quick lead when Garrett Jones drove home two in the first with a double. Faster than you can say, ‘Vogelsong’ the South Siders tied it up. A walk to Mark Kotsay, followed by consecutive doubles to Alexi Ramirez and Ramon Castro plated one and put runners on second and third. Beckham’s grounder scored Ramirez to tie it.

The White Sox pulled ahead in the fourth. A leadoff walk to Castro was followed by an RBI double from Beckham. White Sox pitcher Freddy Garcia laid down a successful sac bunt. Juan Pierre followed with a well executed suicide squeeze to make it 4-2.

In the fifth the Pirates made it four up with RBI singles from Andrew McCutchen and Ryan Doumit. But it didn’t last long as Beckham singled in Ramirez in the sixth. Alex Rios singled in an insurance run off of Octavio Dotel in the 9th.

Garcia was the winner. He gave up four runs in 5-2/3 on eight hits. He gave way to Sergio Santos with two out and two on in the sixth. Santos whiffed Neil Walker to end the threat. The Pirates would have just one more person reach second all game.

The Good
Cutch had three hits and stole three bases.

Walker despite the whiff, had two more hits including another double.

D.J. Carrasco tossed a pair of hitless innings of relief.

The Bad
9 straight losses.

A game and a half out of fifth place.

The Rest
Beckham was barely hitting above .200 and had just 12 RBI on the season.

Garcia is 3-0 against Pittsburgh with his last appearance and win coming in 2006.

This was Cutch’s second career 3 SB game.

Bucs last dropped 10 straight in late August 2008. It’ll be up to Zach Duke to end the skid. Back in 2008 it was the recently DFA’d Ian Snell who snapped the 10 came losing streak.

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