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White Sox fall further behind Guardians with loss in crucial opener

Math, time working against Sox after loss to Guardians originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

Fans at Guaranteed Rate Field began at risk of the exits after Guardians outfielder Myles Straw drove a go-ahead, two-run double in to the left field corner in the 11th inning Tuesday.

After three more runs had scored, boos from the rest of the White Sox fans in the announced crowd of 23,243 echoed round the ballpark, and the Guardians wrapped up a 10-7 win shortly from then on.

For the White Sox, it had been a sour ending to a back-and-forth game filled with drama, suspense and late rallies in a playoff-type atmosphere on the South Side.

But moreover, in the wider scope, it was popular to the Sox playoff chances with the math firmly working against them with 14 games left in the growing season.

The Guardians lowered their magic number to clinch the AL Central to 10 games with the win, increasing their division result in five.

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But Cleveland also clinched the growing season series on the Sox with Tuesdays win, which serves because the first tiebreaker this year (you will see no Game 163).

Quite simply: Clevelands lead on the Sox is currently effectively six games, and both teams have 14 games remaining.

Even though the Guardians play .500 ball (7-7) all of those other way, the White Sox would need to go 13-1 to win the division. They’re 5 1/2 games out of a wild card spot.

After all, you would be lying in the event that you we realize where we’re at, said Sox outfielder AJ Pollock when asked concerning the math facing the Sox. We realize the problem.

The target was to win the initial game, you understand.

The White Sox put themselves constantly in place to take action, despite a slow begin by ace Dylan Cease, who later settled directly into deliver an excellent start (six innings, one run), and the offense which backed him with three runs in his final inning.

Both sides held serve in the ninth inning to force extras, and the Sox escaped from the claws of defeat when Jos Abreu with two outs and two strikes evened things having an RBI single.

Thats playoff baseball, there, Straw said of the tight game. Thats sort of everything you expect in the playoffs. Just gotta stick through those games and battle.

Nothing’s gonna be easy, so make an effort to win those games nevertheless, you can.

Things unraveled for the Sox in the 11th; the Guardians scored five runs (three earned) off Jake Diekman in a sloppy inning. Diekman threw two wild pitches and the Guardians stole three bases scoring using one following a throwing error by catcher Seby Zavala.

Miguel Cairo, who was simply particularly hard on himself postgame and took responsibility for losing, has preached taking things 1 day at the same time during his stint because the White Sox acting manager.

MORE:Cairo takes blame for Sox’ gutting loss to Guardians

The team has played a few of its best baseball this year in recent weeks under Cairo, but time is running from the Sox even though they don’t really look too much ahead.

I am in situations where in fact the math doesn’t seem right and the main element is just to help keep, merely to win that next game, Pollock said. And the team above you feels that, you understand? And if we are able to encourage them to feel that, it is a fundamentally sound ballclub, but let’s see what they feel just like when you get yourself a little closer plus they feel us.

That is the goal. Gotta win the series, gotta win tomorrow to be able to have the opportunity of this. Just keep fighting.

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