Tyler Flowers and ‘showers’ lead to White Sox victory


Aug 4, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers (21) hits a home run against the Texas Rangers in the fifth inning at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago White Sox earned their 55th win of the season on Monday evening in a rain-shortened contest, defeating the Texas Rangers, 5-3 as the game was called in the seventh inning.

It was a good thing the White Sox scored what were the game-winning runs in the bottom of the sixth ining, with Tyler Flowers hitting a two-run single to put the White Sox in the lead by two runs.

Then the rain came (in what was the second rain delay of the night) and White Sox fans went home happy with the win.

After Sunday’s loss, any way the White Sox can get a win was great, and as I read on Twitter the best closer for the team on Monday was Mother Nature.

As for Flowers … he finished 3-for-3 (with three RBIs), as he was a double away from the cycle. He had a triple in his first at-bat, followed with a solo home run that tied the game at 3-3 in the fifth, and then the two-run single that was the game-winner.

The White Sox finished with 10 hits, with Adam Eaton going 2-for-2 with one run and two walks. Jose Abreu finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs.

Also with one hit each were Alexei Ramirez, Dayan Viciedo and Conor Gillaspie who is batting .315 on the season.

Hector Noesi pitched respectable, pitching all seven innings of the game. He allowed three runs (one earned) on four hits and three walks. Noesi struck out six and allowed one home run.

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Noesi’s season ERA is now 4.97, as he improved to 6-8 on the season.

For the Rangers they had four players have  a hit with Rougned Odor having two RBIs and Adrian Beltre having an RBI as well.

The loss went to Nick Martinez, who dropped to 1-8 on the season. He pitched five innings, allowing five earned runs in eight hits and three walks. Martinez fished with four strikeouts.