Boy, Chris Sale is good. It's just too bad that American League's fifth best ERA and strikeouts, third best WHIP, and second best WAR isn't good enough for our oh-so beloved 2013 White Sox and, tonight, Alex Rios.
We know I'm usually one of the last optimists standing, but after this loss, the White Sox' 61st on the season, I can't help to be quite upset.
Ace Chris Sale went out and pitched a complete gem of a complete game. He let up seven hits, one walk, and just one run while moving to 6-10 on the season. He was sensational, just as he is more times than not. And in the bottom of the ninth inning, after doing nothing other than getting three base runners into scoring position (each with two outs) throughout the game, the offense put together a threat.
An Alex Rios single and an Adam Dunn walk led off the frame, before Paul Konerko grounded out; luckily a good slide by Adam Dunn prevented the double play and let Rios get into third base. It was the gritty baseball we wished we would've seen so much more of throughout the season's first four months. But it didn't last long.
Jeff Keppinger flew out to right field, and Alex Rios decided not to tag up and try to tie the ball game at 1-apiece. Yes, sports are series of split-second decisions, many of which are made incorrectly. But I'll just show you some tweets that sum up the reactions and analysis of Rios' choice …