White Sox mistakes running rampant

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The bullpen wasn't the only issue in a 6-5 Game 1 defeat to the Royals during Saturday's doubleheader.

Brent Lillibridge entered the game in the 10th inning as a pinch runner and failed miserably in his only assignment. Third-base coach Jeff Cox didn't do him any favors.

Running for Paul Konerko, Lillibridge was off with the pitch to Carlos Quentin, who promptly doubled to right center. Lillibridge lost track of the ball and slowed down as he approached second base.

Once he figured out what was happening, he took off toward third where Cox was waiving him home. A relay throw easily nailed Lillibridge at the plate. The White Sox lost the game an inning later.

To make matters worse, there was only one out. Had Lillibridge stayed on third base, Mark Teahen could have driven him home with a fly ball. Alas, he struck out looking, the third time in the game he was caught watching a third strike.

It didn't turn out all bad for Lillibridge. He ended up starting Game 2 at second base.