The 10 worst White Sox games of 2010

A companion list to the top 10 games of 2010, this list is not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach, and should be avoided by anybody with a history of circulatory issues, respiratory issues, or pregnancy.
Two thoughts before starting…
*By “worst” loss, I mean the most painful, usually resulting in staring at the TV for five minutes afterward. They definitely suffered bigger beatings — I’m thinking the 13-0 loss to the Marlins, the 12-0 loss to the Rays, the 12-3 loss to the Yankees (complete with a case of sunburn for this guy) — but those happen. They’re honorable mentions.
*Blown saves play a big part in lists like these, and makes me wonder about what such losses would feel like if the Sox went the closerless route next year. I started pondering this question, and it ended up going long enough to turn into its own post. So that’s what’s coming tomorrow.
Here are the best of the worst. As always, present your case if you think I left one out or got the order wrong:
No. 10: Sept. 19 — Tigers 9, White Sox 7 (11 innings)
White Sox pitchers threw eight 1-2-3 innings. White Sox hitters put two runners on base in eight innings. They also scored four runs in the ninth inning. They still lost, because John Danks gave up six runs in the seventh and the offense stranded a whopping 21 runners — including three by Manny Ramirez, who struck out looking with the bases loaded to end the game. This one lacks the gut-punch factor since the Sox were just about dead in the standings, but imagine if they weren’t.
No. 9: July 25 — A’s 6, White Sox 4
Daniel Hudson gets a 1-0 lead in the first and gives it up with a four-run second. His on-again-off-again relationship with the strike zone ensures he won’t start another game for the White Sox. Furthermore, an errant Erick Threets pickoff allows Coco Crisp to score from first thanks to McAfee Coliseum’s generous foul territory.
No. 8: May 9 — Blue Jays 9, White Sox 7
A fine offensive effort against Ricky Romero goes to waste when Bobby Jenks, entering the ballgame with a two-run lead and the bases empty, retires none of the four batters he faces. The Jays go double-single-homer-single off Jenks for the win.
Gordon Beckham throws his hat in the ring with his entry in the “Worst Game of the Season” sweepstakes, going 0-for-5 with three strikeouts and eight stranded.
No. 7: Aug. 18 — Twins 7, White Sox 6
The Sox offense bailed out Gavin Floyd by scoring three in the top of the second after Floyd gave up two in the first. They stretched the lead to 5-3, but Floyd collapsed by allowing three runs in the sixth. This is the third 7-6 loss to the Twins of the year, and the sixth straight loss in one-run affairs.
No. 6: July 21 — Mariners 2, White Sox 1 (11 innings)
Much like he did against Steven Strasburg, Gavin Floyd locks horns with another ace and allows the Sox to wait him out of the game. Likely AL Cy Young winner Felix Hernandez threw eight dominant innings, and Gavin Floyd countered by holding the Mariners scoreless over seven. An Omar Vizquel single finally puts a run on the board in the 11th, but Jack Wilson reaches with a leadoff bunt single off Bobby Jenks, and Jenks only retires one batter before Franklin Gutierrez’s two-run single wins it.
More bittersweet: This might have cost Threets his only major-league win, because who knows if he’ll pitch in the big leagues against after tearing his UCL. He would have deserved it.
No. 5: Aug. 14 — Tigers 3, White Sox 2
And so begins the peak of the White Sox’ bullpen woes. Trailing the Minnesota Twins by a game in the standings, Ozzie Guillen gives the ball to J.J. Putz in order to preserve a one-run lead. Putz hangs a splitter to Alex Avila, who knocks it into the first row of the left-center stands for a two-run homer. A realization dawns: Bobby Jenks isn’t the only problem here.
No. 4: Aug. 21 — Royals 6, White Sox 5 (11 innings)
The strangest series in recent history gets off to a fitting start. Sergio Santos gives up slam to Yuniesky Betancourt to spoil what was a comfortable 5-1 lead in the seventh inning, which eventually forces the game into extra innings and necessitates the use of two more relievers in the first game of a true doubleheader starting at 6:05 p.m. Betancourt then singles in the game-winning run off Bobby Jenks, driving in a run charged to Chris Sale for his first big-league loss.
No. 3: July 6 — White Sox 4, Angels 1
Normally, handing Jered Weaver his first career loss to the White Sox would be a cause for a Michigan Avenue parade, especially when Tony Pena does the heavy lifting. However, Jake Peavy casts a pall over the affairs when he leaves in the second inning with an injury that is as bad as it looked. A detached lat severely compromises Kenny Williams’ operation from that point on. I think most people would rather lose to Weaver than lose Peavy.
No. 2: July 18 — Twins 7, White Sox 6
On the cusp of starting the second half with a series win in Target Field, not only does Bobby Jenks falter with a three-run lead, but neither he nor Sergio Santos retire a single batter as the Twins score four in the ninth to win it. The final run crosses the plate when Alex Rios confuses the White Sox dugout for home plate. Michael Cuddyer had held up at third, but Rios rushed everything and just might have uncorked the worst throw in history as a result.
No. 1: Aug. 17 — Twins 7, White Sox 6 (10 innings)
This one reminds me of a line from an old Dugout bit.

No, wait, I mean:

Arizona Fall League weekend roundup:

  • Friday: Peoria Javelinas 13, Peoria Saguaros 5
    • Jared Mitchell went 0-for-5 with an RBI.
    • Eduardo Escobar singled, doubled, walked and struck out.
  • Saturday: Mesa 10, Peoria 1
    • Mitchell went 1-for-2 with two walks.
    • Escobar struck out twice in three hitless at-bats.
    • Charles Leesman allowed a run on two hits in his inning of work.
    • Anthony Carter struck out the side in a perfect inning.
  • Sunday: Peoria OFF

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Good selections. Only one game from the first two months, though? That’s the period that was the fan-murderingest. Maybe that was in a day-in-day-out way and not as much about discrete games.


Good list I guess…can I say that if it makes my stomach turn as I read through it?
The games you listed as #2 and #6 deserve their positions…if not even higher! After those games I remember thinking that the hot streak prior to the All-Star break seemed like very distant memory!
I appreciate what Jenks did for the Sox over his career…but I will not miss him!


Great list Jim! We could have easily won 6 or 7 of these games. Every team has regrettable loses in a 162 game season, but the five losses to the Twins and Tigers in the list say it all about 2010.
The Sun 6/27 loss to the Cubs (8-6) made me want to puke although that happens whenever we lose to the North Siders. Danks pitched 5 innings of poor baseball (5 ER, 7 H & 2 WP)!!


I think the worst part about #2 is that everyone saw it coming. Once those first two runners reached, everyone I was with just let out a collective “f-ing Bobby”. The fact that they recorded zero outs was just icing on the cake.


good list…
mitchel seems to be drawing a pretty healthy number of walks in the AFL… seems like good news to me


Ugh. I didn’t make it to Chicago for any games this year, being stuck out on the West Coast. I was able to make it to one White Sox-Mariners contest…and it was #6, the one game they lost to the Mariners all year. Unreal.


I was at the Thurs. night game 8/12 against the Twins. Sox loaded the bases I think 3 times, stranding a total of 12! And they lost 6-1. Terrible. And I agree with the blown save on Mother’s day against Toronto (I was there too), though that should be a little higher.