Apr 20, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox left fielder Melky Cabrera (53) hits a walk off single to beat the Cleveland Indians at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports
A ninth-inning rally that looked all but gone became a reality on Monday night with the Chicago White Sox defeating the Cleveland Indians by a 4-3 score.
The White Sox scored all four of their runs in the ninth inning.
Just when it looked like another April loss, the White Sox showed some energy and brought those who remained at U.S. Cellular Field to their feet with their fifth victory of the season, but how did this rally go down?
The White Sox ninth began with an Adam LaRoche strikeout, but that only made the White Sox wake up against Cleveland closer Cody Allen, because after that out, the White Sox began to swing the bat like we all know they can.
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A wild pitch occurred to move the base runners, only to see Alexei Ramirez double in both Garcia and Gillaspie on a ball hit to left field.
The White Sox weren’t finished just yet … with Tyler Flowers hitting a single, moving Garcia to third. From there, the one and only Gordon Beckham hit a line drive to left field to score Ramirez. Adam Eaton followed with a line drive to left field, loading the bases.
Finally, the White Sox came up with a clutch hit that could possibly change the tone of the season … maybe … with Melky Cabrera singling with a fly ball to center field to score Flowers for the game-winning run.
This was an unexpected win, but one fans will take. This rally in the ninth shows just what this team is capable of doing, but maybe next time they shouldn’t wait until the ninth inning to score all their runs.
Anyway, how great was it to see just not the rally itself, but how the White Sox did it by playing small ball, the way a certain team 10 years ago played the game?
The winning pitcher was David Robertson, who pitched the top of the ninth inning, and the loss went to Allen, his second of the season.
• Stat of the Day: Of the 10 total hits by the White Sox on Monday, six came in the final inning.
• Trevor Bauer started the game for the Indians, where he had a no-decision with no earned runs on four hits and two walks. He struck out seven.
• White Sox starter John Danks had a no-decision as well with six innings of three-run baseball. Danks also walked two and struck out four. The No. 4 starter of the White Sox allowed two home runs.