The Chicago White Sox were dealt a tough blow on Tuesday night when they lost, 10-7, to the Cleveland Guardians in 11 innings.
Now, the South Siders find themselves five games back of the first-place Guardians with just over two weeks to go before the end of the season.
The Guardians officially won the season series against the White Sox, clinching the tiebreaker for the AL Central title, should the two teams finish tied for first by record at the end of the season.
After the game. White Sox interim manager Miguel Cairo offered a brutally honest assessment of how he managed the game, taking the blame for the loss and citing things such as preparation and the moves he made.
Miguel Cairo said “today was on me” and said he’s to blame for falling short in preparing the team, making the right moves. He did not offer any specifics.
— James Fegan (@JRFegan) September 21, 2022
Cairo Takes The Fall For His Team
This is quite a brutally honest take by Cairo.
It’s good to see that he’s willing to take the blame when necessary.
That’s what you want to see out of your manager.
But it obviously wasn’t all his fault.
The White Sox did commit an error in this game and did have several chances to win it, but ultimately fell short.
That’s something that the players surely understand, especially at this point in the season.
It was a brutal loss for the White Sox.
A win would have put them three games back of the Guardians.
If they can rip off two straight wins to earn a series victory, then they can keep their hopes alive for a second straight AL Central crown.
But they now sit five games back of first with very little time left in the season.
They’ll need to regroup quickly if they want to have any hope of catching Cleveland.