White Sox roll past Giants
Second baseman Gordon Beckham delivered the first indication the White Sox offense had returned Tuesday night after going missing for a few days over the weekend.
Beckham’s two-run homer to left-center field in the third inning against the Giants at U.S. Cellular Field sparked an eight-run outburst over three innings, more than the Sox had scored in their previous four games combined.
Dayan Viciedo also hit a two-run homer as the Sox came back after a day off Monday looking refreshed, knocking 10 hits and scoring eight runs against Giants right-hander Matt Cain in his five innings of work.
Before the game, Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn had tried to keep his team’s recent three-game sweep at the hands of the Royals in perspective.
“It’s three games and not three weeks,” Dunn said. “Obviously we got dominated by (the Royals’) pitching the last three games, but they aren’t in town anymore. (The Giants) have great pitching and a great team, so it will be a good challenge. It will be fun.”
Sox left-hander John Danks turned in yet another in a string of solid performances recently. He lasted 6 1/3 innings, allowing five hits and two runs – one earned – walking three and striking out four. He brought his ERA over his last five starts to 1.51.
The Giants jumped to an early lead against Danks when outfielder Hunter Pence hit a solo home run in the first inning for a 1-0 lead. The Giants lengthened their lead to two runs in the third inning when Gregor Blanco walked, Pence reached on Alexei Ramirez’s fielding error and Buster Posey hit an RBI single to left field.
Sox center fielder Adam Eaton had reached base with a two-out single in the third before Beckham hit his fifth homer of the season on a full count to tie the game.
The Sox scored three runs in the fourth and fifth innings. After singles from Jose Abreu, Ramirez and Viciedo loaded the bases, Sox catcher Tyler Flowers worked to a full count against Cain and then walked to push the Sox ahead 3-2. Eaton hit an RBI infield single to Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford, who overthrew first while rushing to catch Eaton and allowed a second run to score.
Conor Gillaspie came up with his second hit of the night against his former team in the fifth inning. He advanced a wild pitch and scored on Adam Dunn’s RBI single. Viciedo then hit a two-run homer to left field to push the Sox ahead 8-2.
Sox manager Robin Ventura had lamented before the game that the Sox were suffering from a lack of clutch hitting but said his team couldn’t worry about a downward spiral.
“You are going to go through periods where you just don’t get the big hit,” Ventura said. “Continue your focus on the simple things that help you win games and eventually fight your way out of it. When you start feeling sorry for yourself, you end up losing a lot more.”