In a desultory season for the Chicago White Sox, this was a low point.
Chris Sale's terrific outing went to waste when Chicago blew a six-run lead in the ninth inning Saturday night. The White Sox went on to lose 7-6 to the Detroit Tigers when Omar Infante hit an infield single with the bases loaded in the 12th.
''I'm not the first guy to say it: The last three outs are the hardest to get,'' Sale said. ''It's baseball. It's definitely not the first time and definitely not the last time.''
But this may have been a first for the White Sox. Since at least 1918, they had never lost after leading by at least six runs in the ninth inning or later, according to STATS.
Chicago (60-94) again let Sale down. For most of the season, run support has been a problem. That's why Sale is 11-13 despite a 2.97 ERA.
On Saturday, he was done in by the bullpen.
Sale was working on a shutout when he was pulled in the eighth after 97 pitches. Nate Jones got out of that inning and after the White Sox ...