by Brule Laker
It had the makings of a great afternoon: a $40 ticket right behind the White Sox’s dugout bought on the street for $20; the sun shining with the temperature in the low ‘80s; and the dreaded Minnesota Twins in town. Instead, I saw a record made on May 21, 2009, although I didn’t stick around to see the end of the worst home loss in White Sox history.
Bartolo Colon, in his second stint with the Sox, was already down 1-0 in the 2nd inning when a sacrifice fly made it 2-0 with 2 out. Before he could retire the last batter, 6 more Twins crossed the plate (all of those runs unearned). Colon was done for the day, giving up 7 hits and 1 walk, and Lance Broadway and Jimmy Gobble fared just as poorly, yielding 12 runs (11 earned) over the next 2 2/3 innings. The Sox finally notched a run to make the score 20-1, equaling the previous worst defeat, a 19-0 drubbing in Anaheim in 2002. Most of the 23,048 fans had long departed (myself included) before D.J. Carrasco turned in almost 3 innings of scoreless work, the only bright spot for the Sox this day. The win snapped a Twins’ 6-game losing streak, and Colon would be cut shortly thereafter, amazingly resurrecting his career with the Yankees this season after a controversial stem-cell procedure.