To say that the Chicago White Sox depend on the long ball for victories is an understatement. This hit-or-miss strategy paid off Friday night as the White Sox hit four solo home runs to defeat the Oakland Athletics 4-3.
With Gavin Floyd on the mound, the Athletics jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the second inning. In recent Floyd fashion, he settled down after this early deficit and pitched a decent game. Eventually going six-plus innings, Floyd gave up no additional runs and only five hits total. After Floyd’s departure, the Sox bullpen, which has been absolutely stellar during the last few weeks, came in to close out the final nine outs. The newest bullpen addition Brett Myers came in during the ninth and ended up getting the win.
The Sox offensive effort consisted of four solo shots off of the bats of A.J. Pierzynski, Dayan Viciedo, Alexei Ramirez, and Jordan Danks. Pierzynski’s was his 22nd of the season and he continues to eclipse his previous season high in pretty much all offensive categories.
The real story of the night was the final swing off the bat of Jordan Danks. Danks was able to play considering that team captain Paul Konerko has been placed on the seven-day disabled list. Konerko received a mild concussion during his first base collision in Tuesday’s game. It doesn’t appear to be anything serious and he should be back next week. Danks filled in just fine, though, as he hit his first Major League home run in the bottom of the ninth to secure the victory for the Sox.
Danks has been a decently successful stand in whenever Robin Ventura needed him. In attendance tonight was the injured John Danks and it must have been enjoyable for him to watch his younger brother be the hero of the game. Francisco Liriano will have his third White Sox start tomorrow night as they try to clinch the series.