Sep 13, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcherJose Quintana
throws a pitch against the Minnesota Twins during the sixth inning in game one of a doubleheader at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
It was a great day to be a fan of the Chicago White Sox. As we are all used to them losing on most days the past couple seasons, this Saturday was a day of celebration.
Sep 13, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox shortstopAlexei Ramirez
(10) celebrates with third basemanMarcus Semien
(5) after defeating the Minnesota Twins in game one of a doubleheader at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
The White Sox not only won once, but twice on Saturday, winning a doubleheader over the Minnesota Twins. The White Sox won game one by a 5-1 score behind the strong pitching of Jose Quintana.
In the night cap, it was a ninth-inning, two-run home run by Dayan Viciedo that gave the White Sox a 7-6 victory.
Here is a MLB.com video of the walk-off homer by Viciedo in game two:
But before we talk about the nightcap, how great was it to see the 13-strikeout performance from Quintana in the opener?
Here is a MLB.com video of his performance:
Quintana has really had a quite solid season for the White Sox, dropping his season ERA to 3.30 on the year. His 8-10 overall record doesn’t do him justice, as the bullpen and sometimes the White Sox offense has dropped the ball on him this season on more the one occasion.
On Saturday, the left-hander went seven very strong innings, allowing just one earned run in the top of the eighth before exiting the game. In his time on the mound, he gave up just three hits and walked two, going with his aforementioned 13 strikeouts.
Abreu and Ramirez each had two hits, combining for four of the seven total hits for Chicago in game one.
Andy Wilkins had his first MLB RBI in the win.
Then came game two, where the White Sox not only won with the walk-off by Viciedo, but totaled 11 hits as well.
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The home run by Viciedo came off All-Star Glen Perkins, the fifth home run allowed by Perkins this season.
Jake Petricka was the winning pitcher, his first win of the season. Petricka pitched the ninth inning, where he allowed two hits and no runs. Starting the game for the “Good Guys” was Scott Carroll. He allowed four earned runs in five innings. He allowed four hits and walked two.
Of the 11 hits by the White Sox, Abreu, Semien, Avisail Garcia, Viciedo and Mike Taylor all had two hits.
Garcia hit a three-run home run in the first inning, and Abreu had a solo homer in the fifth inning, his 34th of the season. Abreu now has 100 RBIs on the season.
On Sunday afternoon, the White Sox go for the series sweep vs. Minnesota.