White Sox Short Hops: Game 1
Wise, Richard shine, but Rays' offense too much to handle
ST. PETERSBURG -- Fielding the White Sox 6-4 loss to the Rays in Game 1 of their American League Division Series on a short hop ...In < 25 words ...
The fourth different team the White Sox have faced in four games had too much offense to contain, unlike the previous three games.
Dewayne Wise, who slugged the White Sox ahead with his three-run home run in the top of the third inning, had to watch Evan Longoria's go-ahead shot soar over his head and off the catwalk above him. Big number
1 -- Hit total with runners in scoring position, and that was Wise's homer. A bases-loaded, one-out opportunity in the seventh inning was squandered to pretty much put away the game. Game balls
The journeyman outfielder continued his penchant for big home runs with his three-run shot in the third, briefly giving Chicago the lead.
The left-hander gave up Carl Crawford's RBI single upon entrance, but struck out the next five batters he faced to at least give his team a chance to come back.
The swings and misses were back, but the Rays took advantage of Vazquez's aggressiveness with four extra-base hits, including two Longoria homers, in the first three innings and three singles in the fifth.
Sense of October
The intensity of the postseason was evident in Orlando Cabrera's showdown with Grant Balfour with the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh.
4 AB, 0 R, 0 H, 0 RBI
Comment: Tuesday night's hero grounded out four times on Thursday, three times into the shift of the Rays' infield defense.
3.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 Ks
Comment: Richard not only saved the rest of the White Sox bullpen for Game 2, he kept Game 1 close.
"If we don't make it to the World Series, to me, to me personally, we just played a couple more games. That's all we did was play a couple more games. My goal is we have 11 games to win." -- manager Ozzie Guillen
The White Sox have a chance to even the series and head home with a chance to finish off the series there, but they need a strong start from Mark Buehrle.
Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.