Losing pitcher David Robertson did not give himself the free pass that everyone else seemed to give him Saturday.
The crowd was focused on the struggles of starting pitcher Javier Vazquez, and Joe Girardi said he was fine with the reliever who gave up a key double to Paul Konerko on the seventh (Girardi ordered an intentional walk to Carlos Quentin, then brought in Damaso Marte, who allowed a winning two-run double to A. J. Pierzynski).
"Robbie is not where he was at the end of last year, but I look at it that he's a lot further ahead than he was at the beginning of last year," Girardi said. "His location has not been as sharp. But he'll get it going. He's not a very big concern of mine. We've all seen what he can do."
That was fine, except Robertson pointed out that he gave away the lead and the momentum. He knows he is missing with his fastball and offspeed stuff. "And by the time I make a good pitch, it turns into a base hit," he said. "I've got to start ahead with fastballs; strike one. When you're ahead in the count it's a lot easier to pitch.
"I'm just frustrated in myself for not getting the job done. Joe calls on me to come in there, we finally get the lead and I just can't hold it there."
Oz: Swish lousy for me
Nick Swisher, elevated to the No. 2 spot in the batting order, was excited about his home run in the sixth inning. Was he too excited and demonstrative?
"Good for him. That's the way he is," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said of the former White Sox infielder/outfielder. "I wish he did that for me. He was a [lousy] player for me."
Swisher said, "I'm an emotional guy, man."
He surpassed Graig Nettles last month. He is one of only three centerfielders in that top 50 to also have won 10 Gold Gloves. The others are Willie Mays and Ken Griffey Jr. . . . Brett Gardner went 1-for-2 against starter John Danks and is batting .368 against lefthanded pitching.