This will be a particularly short post as the game today was quite the pitchers duel, remaining scoreless into the tenth inning. Jose Quintana continued to dominate today, going 8 innings giving up just 6 hits and no runs. Unfortunately, he will take the no decision (again), as he has not given up a run in his last two outtings (which consisted of 16 total innings).
It is evident that the White Sox offense has slowed down significantly as of late. The Sox as a team have wasted some pretty stellar starting pitching over the last few weeks, dropping a few games in the standings. Lucky for us, the Indians lost today and the Sox were able to pull out the rubber match in extras.
The tenth inning started with a double by Alejandro De Aza (he was 2 for 5 today). After a Gordon Beckham flyout to center and a walk to Adam Dunn, pinch hitter Eduardo Escobar had a chance to be a hero. Escobar drilled a fastball to center field, plating the winning run in Alejandro De Aza from second.
Some other notable offensive performances from today:
De Aza- 2 for 5 (as previously mentioned) with the only run scored of the game
Beckham- also 2 for 5
Ok….. well thats really about it, not much offense today….
This was a big win for the White Sox as they had lost their last 4 series in a row coming into this 3 game set with the Brewers. With that win today the White Sox now own a half game lead in the AL Central division. Hopefully the momentum from today will board the teams charter to Minnesota with them.
The White Sox announced after the game that they acquired Kevin Youkilis from the Red Sox in exchange for Pitcher Zach Stewart and super utility man Brent Lillibridge. I think I speak for all Sox fans when I say, Brent, thank you for playing the game hard and for giving us all you had, good luck in Boston. I also think I speak for Sox fans when I say, Kevin, Welcome to the South Side, please give our 3B spot some offensive production.
For more on the Kevin Youkilis deal check out this article written by Matt Adams. Very well done.