Tied at One Game a Piece: Dodgers and White Sox
Dodgers – (31 – 30), 13 wins and 19 loses at home.
It was the rubber game of the three game series with the Dodgers on Wednesday night in L.A.
John Danks (ERA 4.32) went into battle for the Sox on the mound with Josh Becket (ERA 2.57) taking charge for the Dodgers. John was in need of a good outing to get his confidence back up. John’s last outing was the first game in the series against San Diego when he had a rough day with losing that outing.
The Sox lined up Adam Eaton, Gordon Beckham, Jose Abreu, Adam Dunn, Dayan Viciedo, Alejandro De Aza,, Tyler Flowers, Leury Garcia, Paul Konerko would come in for a pitch hit. Zach Putnam, Scott Downs and Ronald Belisario would join John in the office.
Things were all quiet until the top of the third when Garcia hit a solo home run to center to get the Sox on the board 1 – 0.
Things got going again for the Sox at the top of the fourth when Dunn added a second run thanks to a 401 feet run to right.
It continued to be a pitchers duel between Danks and Becket until the top of the eighth inning when L.A sent in Brandon League to take over from Becket.
The bottom of the inning saw the Dodgers mount a come back when Dee Gordon got things started with a double to shallow left. Putnam took over for Danks at this point, Gordon stole third and Yasiel Puig walked. Hanley Ramirez grounded into a fielder’s choice to third to get Gordon across home plate for a 2 – 1 Sox lead. Downs came on in relief of Putnam.
The ninth inning saw the final activity as the closers took over on the mound when Jamey Wright and Ronald Belisario closed the game.
Final Score 2 – 1 in favor of the Sox who take the series by a score of 2 games to 1. The Sox have a day off before a three game series with the Angels in Anaheim. The Sox have listed Andre Rienzo, Chris Sale and Jose Quintana for the series. With the Tigers loss today, the Sox find themselves only two and a half games out of first. The battle for first place is looking like it will take place when the Detroit Tigers come to The Cell next week.