A walk-off single from Leury Garcia in the ninth inning, past a five-man infield by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, gave the Chicago White Sox a 3-2 victory, avoiding the sweep on Wednesday.
Garcia was a pinch hitter in the ninth with one out when he sent a sharp grounder to left field to score Alejandro De Aza to win the season finale against the Angels, who they went 1-5 against this season.
De Aza reached the bases with a one-out single to left field and went to third on a broken bat base hit to right field by Conor Gillaspie.
This was the seventh walk-off win of the season for the White Sox.
All in all, it was a good night for the White Sox (40-46), including even the starting pitching of John Danks.
Though he had a no-decision and gave up two solo home runs, Danks may have pitched his best game of the season against one of the better teams in the American League.
Danks went 7.2 innings and used his changeup to keep the Angels from scoring runs for the most part. Danks allowed two earned runs on seven hits and one walk, lowering his season ERA to 4.12.
The win went to Zach Putnam (3-1, 2.20 ERA), who pitched 1.1 innings of relief. He allowed no runs or hits, but did walk one batter.
Another plus from this game was Jose Abreu extended his hitting streak to 17 games (tying a hit-streak by Alexei Ramirez earlier this season). Abreu was also awarded his second AL Rookie of the Month award in three months for his play in June.
Abreu finished the game 1-for-3 with one walk, and has reached base safely in 19 straight games.
Here is a cool tweet on Abreu’s hitting streak from @ckamka:
Jose Abreu: longest hitting streak by a #WhiteSox rookie (17 games) since Pete Ward (18 games in 1963)
— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) July 3, 2014
Gordon Beckham was the lone White Sox player who had a multi-hit game, going 2-for-3 with one run and one walk.
David Freese was 2-for-3 for the Angels with one run and one RBI.
This was a needed win for the White Sox, their 40th of the season. It also completes a brutal schedule where they played 16 games in 16 days (minus the rain delay, but had a doubleheader), so the off day on Thursday is needed for this ball club.
In that span of 16 games in 16 days, the White Sox went 7-9, and to be honest, that is better than I figured they would have finished when this streak of games began on June 17.
On a side note, this was also the 1,00th game played by Alexei Ramirez.
Now the White Sox will host the Seattle Mariners starting on Friday night at US Cellular Field for three games this weekend before seven straight road games at Boston and Cleveland.