Hey look! The three-game losing streak is over! Yes, the White Sox managed to pull out a win behind the excellent pitching performance by Chris Sale. Home runs were the deciding factors as the Sox beat the Rangers, 5-2.
Sale pitched a great game. He allowed two runs, both coming in the second inning, but he settled down and pitched seven innings, allowing six hits and two walks. He struck out seven as he picked up his third win of the season. The bullpen held on to the lead as Jesse Crain pitched two thirds of an inning, and Matt Thornton pitched one third in the eighth. Crain did make it interesting, giving up two hits which led to runners in scoring position. But Crain and Thornton got out of it, leading to Addison Reed pitching the ninth.
Reed had an interesting ninth. He started off by striking out Mitch Moreland. Leonys Martin came on as a pinch hitter for Geovany Soto, and he popped out to short. With two outs in the ninth, AJ Pierzynski came on to pinch hit for Craig Gentry. (And yes, I did cry. But only a little. Baby steps.)
On an 0-1 count, Reed hit AJ on a pitch that was up and in. And AJ was a bit pissed. After the game, he made it known that he was a bit pissed, and Reed said that hitting him was unintentional. AJ moved to second when Reed allowed a single to Ian Kinsler. Elvis Andrus, the tying run, came to the plate, but Reed struck him out swinging.
Sox pitching had a MUCH better night than last night, and Sox hitters made sure they got the win tonight. Alejandro De Aza and Conor Gillaspie were the difference-makers tonight. They each went 2-for-4 with a home run.
The Sox got on the board in the first when Alex Rios singled to score De Aza. They followed that up with another run in the second. With the bases loaded, Tyler Flowers grounded into a double play, which allowed a run to score. Then Gillaspie and De Aza made their marks. Gillaspie hit a solo home run to lead off the seventh. After Flowers singled, De Aza hit a two-run home run with two outs to put the Sox ahead 5-2.
The Sox look to take the series tomorrow night. Jake Peavy looks for his fourth win of the season. He wasn’t pleased with his performance against the Rays, but it wasn’t an awful start. He faces off against Justin Grimm. He is making his sixth career start, and he is looking for his third win of the season.