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Sox' 'very bad' season ends with another loss
By Scot Gregor | Daily Herald Staff

White Sox starting pitcher John Danks (13-11) gave up four runs and seven hits over five innings.

 

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Published: 10/4/2009 3:16 PM | Updated: 10/4/2009 8:52 PM

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Scot Gregor's game tracker

Bye to Dye? In likely his final game with the Sox, Jermaine Dye was 0-for-2 before being replaced by Dewayne Wise.

Heavy load: Starter John Danks took the loss, allowing 4 runs on 7 hits in 5 innings. Danks ended the season with a career-high 2001/3 innings pitched.

Captain Crunch: Catcher Ramon Castro gloved a strong throw from right fielder Dewayne Wise in the eighth inning and tagged out Gerald Laird while absorbing a big collision.

Strong finish: Brent Lillibridge was 1-for-2 and tied his career high with 2 RBI.

DETROIT - The Tigers? They lived to play for at least one more day with a 5-3 victory over the White Sox Sunday afternoon at Comerica Park.

The Sox?

They have high hopes for 2010, but they couldn't wait to head for home after a disappointing 79-83 season.

"Our season was very bad," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "We didn't play good baseball for a period of time. That's the reason we are going home. We didn't play the way we should be play or thought we were going to play. That's why our season was short."

The Tigers travel to Minnesota to play the Twins on Tuesday in a game that will determine the AL Central champion. That's because the Twins also won Sunday, finishing off a three-game sweep of Kansas City with a 13-4 victory. The Tigers and the Twins finished tied at 86-76.

After Detroit lost the first two games of the series to the White Sox, ace Justin Verlander (19-9) stepped up and outpitched John Danks (13-11).

"He was Verlander," right fielder Jermaine Dye said. "He had his strike zone; he made his pitches just like any other time when we've faced him. We just couldn't get anything going until the last inning out there."

The Sox scored 3 runs off Verlander in the eighth inning to make the Tigers sweat, but the momentum shifted back to the home team when center fielder Curtis Granderson made a diving catch on Carlos Quentin's sinking liner with the tying runs on base.

"Coming to this game, we knew it was going to be tough," Guillen said. "But they (Tigers) did what they were supposed to do."

Dye didn't produce like he was supposed to during the second half of the season, and that's why the 35-year-old outfielder likely played his final game with the White Sox on Sunday.

Afterward, Dye wasn't shedding any tears.

"I don't really have a feeling," said Dye, who is eligible for free agency. "Right now I just want to go home and get away from baseball, like I always do. Take two weeks off and re-evaluate the situation and get into my program like I always do."

Dye finished the season with a .250 average, 27 home runs and 81 RBI. But he has been in a deep slump since the all-star break, batting .181 with 7 HR and 26 RBI.

"I hit 20-plus homers, that's normal," Dye said. "I drove in 80 runs. I just kind of fell off in the second half, but I'm not mad at myself or anything. I understand that it's part of the game that you struggle. I still overall had an OK season."

As for the third-place White Sox, they did not.

"A lot of ups and downs, that's basically what it was about," Dye said. "We really didn't get on any hot streaks. Kind of just an up-and-down season."

Disappointed?

"No, because no matter what kind of team you have on paper, you still have to play the games out," Dye said. "You can't be disappointed. Tip your hat to those other teams. They were a little bit better than us."