Jul 29, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago White Sox right fielderDayan Viciedo
(24) hits a single in the fourth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
New but familiar faces, one ejection, a very weird rundown play and extra innings all were a part of the Tuesday night matchup that saw the Chicago White Sox win against the Minnesota Twins, 6-3 in 10 innings at Target Field.
The win by the White Sox (62-75) came with the go-ahead run scoring off a home runs from Dayan Viciedo to lead off the top of the 10th inning. The home run was his 18th of the season.
Aug 7, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Chicago White Sox catcherTyler Flowers
(21) looks to an umpire following a balk call for the Seattle Mariners during the third inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
For a little extra insurance White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers hit his second home run of the game in the 10th, this one being a his second two-run home run. Flowers now has 12 home runs on the year. On base and scoring off the home run was Moises Sierra, who was pinch running for Paul Konerko who singled in the 10th.
Flowers finished 2-for-5 with four RBIs and two runs, moving his average up to .240 on the year.
It wasn’t the prettiest of games as the White Sox mixed some of their current players in within some September callups, as did the Twins, and it began what will be a long and confusing final month of the regular season.
As for the rest of the scoring by the fourth and fifth place teams in the AL Central, it all came in the in the first two innings. The White Sox are two-wins better than the Twins in the standings, currently avoiding the bottom spot in the Central.
The first two runs for the White Sox came off a two-run home run off the bat of Flowers in the top of the season inning, also scoring was Tuesday call-up Michael Taylor who walked to reach the bases.
For the game, the White Sox totaled 10 hits, with Sanchez leading at 3-for-4 with one walk and one RBI.
The Twins tied the score at 3-3 in the bottom of the second with a double by Santana, scoring Eduardo Escobar.
But it was the home run to right-centerfield by Viciedo that put the White Sox ahead for good in the aforementioned 10th inning, which came off of Lester Oliveros, who was charged with the loss.
Viciedo ended the game 2-for-4 with one walk, one run and one RBI.
It was good to see Viciedo use his power to his advantage, and like Steve Stone said on the White Sox TV broadcast, that power is the reason why the White Sox haven’t given up on him just yet.
As for the rest of the game, it saw Adam Eaton be the player ejected in the sixth inning, and a very strange run down, that included a eight fielder.
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On the mound Hector Noesi continued to pitch well late in the season. On Tuesday night he went seven innings, allowing three earned runs on nine hits and no walks. He allowed one home run and struck out five. In August he was 3-1 with a 3.25 ERA. His season ERA is 4.70.
Noesi was given a no-decision.
A nice outing on the mound in relief for the White Sox was Eric Surkamp as he pitched in parts of the eighth and ninth innings, allowing no runs or hits.
The win went to Daniel Webb, who pitched two-thirds of an inning of scoreless relief for the White Sox. Webb struck out one batter in the ninth.
Jake Petricka earned the save for the White Sox with a perfect 10th inning. Petricka struck out the first batter of the inning, followed with two ground outs for the victory. The save was the 11th of the season for Petricka.
Jose Abreu didn’t play in the game. This was the first of a two-game series between the two teams.