White Sox offense leads to 3rd straight victory


Jul 8, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Chicago White Sox third baseman

Conor Gillaspie

(12) rounds the bases after hitting a home run during the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago White Sox officially have a winning streak, winning for the third straight game, and for the second time against the Boston Red Sox, this time by an 8-3 score, Tuesday.

In the fist two games of this four-game set the White Sox have now outscored the host Red Sox at Fenway Park, 12-3, winning 4-0 on Monday.

Add that with the 1-0 win on Sunday against the Seattle Mariners and this three-game streak has seen the White Sox outscore their opponents, 13-3, something that hasn’t happened much this season.

Jul 8, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Chicago White Sox left fielder

Alejandro De Aza

(30) high fives manager

Robin Ventura

(23) after defeating the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

The White Sox offense broke out of it’s shell on Tuesday, gaining 12 hits on the evening and walking four times for their eight runs against the defending World Series champions.

Conor Gillaspie and Jose Abreu were huge from the plate Tuesday, each going 3-for-4. Gillaspie had a two-run home run in the sixth, and a double. Abreu had two doubles and also walked once.

For the game, the White Sox totaled six doubles, one triple and one home run … a total of eight extra base hits.

Alejandro De Aza was the third White Sox batter to have a multi-hit game, finishing 2-for-4 with one run. De Aza also had two RBIs.

This is the type of night the offense of the White Sox is capable of having more nights like, but they haven’t been as consistent as they should be this season at the plate.

Maybe, just maybe, this is a look into what the future holds for the White Sox, if they can continue to get good enough pitching that doesn’t put their offense back too far in the early innings of games.

John Danks (4.15 ERA) was the winning pitcher, going a serviceable 5.2 innings, allowing three earned runs on eight hits and four walks. The win makes him 8-6 on the season.

Ronald Belisario pitched 2.1 scoreless innings of relief, showing what he can do when he’s asked to keep the lead in any other spot than closer. Eric Surkamp finished the game with a scoreless ninth inning.

Brandon Workman suffered the loss for the Red Sox, dropping to 1-3 on the season with a 4.13 ERA.

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It is just nice seeing this ball club playing competitive baseball the past week or so, even in losses they’ve kept the games close, and now have won eight of their past 11 games.

A win tomorrow will give the White Sox a road series win, and going to the mound will be Chris Sale, who Red Sox manager John Farrell didn’t place on the American League All-Star roster. Sale enters the game with an 8-1 record, and to go with that a 2.16 ERA and 96 strikeouts in 13 starts this season.