DENVER—The White Sox missed early scoring chances and lost to the Colorado Rokies 3-2 in 13 innings.Will Ohman, who struck out Chris Nelson with the winning run at third base to end the 12th, allowed a bloop single to Ty Wigginton on a 3-2 count to center field, and Troy Tulowitzki beat Brent Lillibridge‘s throw from center field with two out to score the winning run. Third base coach Rich Dauer wisely waved Tulowitzki home.The Sox blew chances to score more often early. Brent Morel grounded into a double play with a runner at third to end the third, and Carlos Quentin grounded into an inning-enidng double play with the bases loaded to end the fifth.Alexei Ramirez staked the Sox to a 1-0 lead in the second with his first home run since May 22, a solo shot off Jason Hammel in the second inning. Ramirez also robbed Ty Wigginton of a hit by making a leaping catch to end the bottom of the second.The Sox regained the lead at 2-1 on a double by Juan Pierre in the fifth, but the Rockies tied it in the bottom of the sixth on Seth Smith‘s sacrifice fly. After Pierre’s hit, the Sox were only 2-for-27 – both hits infield singles.Gavin Floyd pitched seven innings of six-hit ball but left with no decision. Ozzie Guillen believes he has a better idea of how to play at spacious Coors Field.
“I think it was a mistake people made by playing deep,” Guillen said. They made a big hole between the infield and the outfield. I think you should play normal. They played deep because the ball carries. Well, if the ball is over your head, it’s a home run. Make sure you catch the balls in front of you.But the last time we played here, about (six) years ago, we played well. We have to play the same way we play in any ballpark and hopefully the pitching doesn’t put this in their mind and pitch the same way they have been pitching in the past. Hopefully, we can get a little bit on fire here and start to swing the bat pretty good. They have a good ballclub. That ballclub can swing and they have good athletes out there. It’s going to be a fun series.”
The Sox, however, missed a chance to add more runs in the third when Brent Morel grounded into an inning-ending double play with runners at first and third.