The Chicago White Sox shouldn’t have had to rely on ninth-inning heroics to win by a 3-2 score Wednesday night, but this time it was Moises Sierra who came up with the final-inning heroics to give the “Good Guys” the series sweep.
Sierra built a 3-0 count, waited until he got a pitch away and sent the ball to right field on a line drive, scoring Leury Garcia for the victory. It also helped that the Indians committed an error on a throw to first base that allowed Tyler Flowers to be safe. Garcia pinch-ran for Flowers.
The win not only gives the White Sox a sweep over the Tribe, but moves them back to over the .500 mark at 28-27 on the year.
The game looked to be sealed in the top of the ninth, but the Indians had other plans. Getting to that point saw the White Sox play with a deficit for most of the game.
Adam Dunn scored what was the game-tying run at the time in the bottom of the seventh and batted in the go-ahead run (at the time) in the bottom of the eighth, allowing the White Sox to take a 2-1 lead to start the ninth inning.
Even though Dunn, who finished 1-for-3 with one run and one RBI, did all of that, he had a costly error in the top of the ninth.
Dunn threw the ball to second base, trying for a double play, but instead helped the Indians out with an errant throw over the head of his teammate at second base. That runner eventually became the game-tying run for the Indians with Yan Gomes (who was down to his final strike against Ronald Belisario) singling in Michael Brantley for what was a 2-2 score.
Alexei Ramirez was 2-for-4 to lead the White Sox at the plate in the win, having one-fourth of the hits for the White Sox, as they finished with eight hits on the night.
Cleveland’s first run came in the second off a solo home run by Jason Giambi.
I really don’t know how to explain this win by the White Sox. It can be described as a lucky win by the White Sox because they certainly didn’t play their best baseball of the season.
But in baseball, luck is a big part of the game, and on Wednesday, luck was on the side of the White Sox, as they were able to overcome the throw by Dunn that landed in the outfield. (Maybe he thought he was a high school quarterback again?)
Either way, it is always good for the White Sox to sweep an opponent from the AL Central, but I always enjoy it just a little more when they sweep the Indians.
In the first game of the series on Monday, the White Sox won 6-2, and on Tuesday, Chicago won by a 2-1 score.
Belisario ended up being the winning pitcher, moving to 3-3 on the year, pitching one inning of relief.
Is it ever good when your relief pitcher/closer is 3-3 overall with a 5.10 ERA? In his one inning, Belisario allowed one run on two hits and one walk.
Bryan Shaw was charged with the loss for the Indians, pitching two-thirds of an inning, allowing one run (none earned) on one hits and no walks.
Hector Noesi was the starting pitcher for Chicago, and pitched well in the no-decision. Noesi went 7.1 innings, allowing one earned run on five hits and no walks. He struck out five.
The White Sox have Thursday off before hosting three games this weekend vs. the San Diego Padres.