Sox end Wickman’s save streak, spoiling Victor’s big day

Bob Wickman blew his first save of the season as the White Sox came back to beat the Tribe 4-3 in an extra inning affair Saturday afternoon. Victor Martinez, who had all three RBIs for the Indians, put Cleveland on top 3-2 with his second homer of the day in the top of the 11th. Wickman had registered a major league best 24 straight saves dating back to last season but couldn’t close the deal as Tadahito Iguchi got the game-winning hit in the bottom of the inning. Starter C.C Sabathia and Mark Buerhle went toe-to-toe with each other, allowing only three runs combined in the ballgame. The loss drops the Tribe to three games below the .500 mark.

“I’ll say one thing, I wasn’t fooling anyone,” Wickman said. “They put some pretty good at-bats on me and I didn’t get the job done. We got the lead with Vic’s home run and I came out there and blew it.”

It’s always something new with this team. Wickman has been the most consistent, steady player for the Indians all season and you’d think him coming into the game with the lead would most likely secure a victory. However, this year’s Indians always find ways to lose games and Saturday was no different.

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