Same Old Loaiza, but Same Old Offense

(SN Report #503) - The White Sox added themselves to a short list of teams who have been beaten in a series by the Detroit Tigers this season with a 1-0 loss Saturday night at U.S. Cellular Field. The Sox lost the series opener on Friday, 3-2.

The Tigers entered the game with just 11 wins and left with their second series win of the season - the first coming by way of a sweep against the Baltimore Orioles this month. Of the 12 wins by the Tigers, the Sox are credited with three of those losses.

Things were no different for the Sox. Esteban Loaiza threw another impressive game, giving up just one run in seven innings, but it was one run too much as the bats were shutdown by Detroit starter Gary Knotts and reliever Franklyn German. Knotts threw 7 2/3 innings, striking out six.

The only run of the game came in third inning off a RBI-sacrifice fly by Omar Infante, scoring Brandon Inge, who tripled.

The triple was the first of five hits off Loaiza, who walked four and struck out five on 97 pitches. Despite his second loss of the season, Loaiza lowered his ERA to a major league leading 1.92. Second is Walt Williams with a 2.25 ERA. Loaiza is tied for the lead in wins with seven.

The Sox had just three hits in the game: A Joe Borchard single in the third, a Magglio Ordonez double in the fifth, and aArmando Rios single in the ninth.

That was combined with two inning-ending double plays, one coming in the ninth off the bat of Brian Daubach. Daubach was at first base with Paul Konerko at designated hitter and went 0-4.

The Sox had two men on with two outs in the eighth, but Jose Valentin, 0-4, was out on strikes.

Along with the loss came a mini-scare when Carlos Lee was hit on the head with a pitch -- a breaking ball -- from Knotts in the seventh inning. Lee was on the ground for a few minutes before he walked off the field. There has been no word yet on his status.

Damaso Marte and Billy Koch each threw a scoreless inning in relief of Loaiza, while German picked up his first save.

The Sox play the final game of the series on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. CT with the hopes of preventing a series sweep. Danny Wright is scheduled to pitch against righty Adam Bernero. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Net Chicago.

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