Chicago White Sox and Baltimore – Games 1 and 2, Abreu hits #22
Game One – Baltimore – 6 and Sox – 4
Chris Sale against Wei-Yen Chin
Baltimore got on the board with a home run thanks to Adam Jones with Steve Pearce already on base. Score at the close of the inning 2 – 0 in the Orioles favor.
It was not until the top of the third that the Sox finally got on the board when Adam Eaton got things started with an infield single to short. Gordon Beckham doubled to left moving Eaton to third. Jose Abreu grounded to third bringing Eaton home for the score. Close of inning score, Sox – 1 and Baltimore – 3
Things quieted down until the top of the fifth inning when Abreu hit home run #22 to tie the score at two apiece. The Sox would take the lead on a Conor Gillaspie double to left, bringing Dayan Viciedo home. The Sox took the lead in the top of the seventh when, Tyler Flowers who had led off the inning with a single to left, was brought home by an Abreu’s double to deep left. Score at the close of the inning, Sox lead – 4 to 2 over Baltimore
Caleb Joseph’s bottom of the eighth inning home run cut the Sox led by one to 4 – 3. It looked like the Sox would have this one wrapped up until the bottom of the ninth when Chris Davis, with Pearce and Jones already on base by way of a single to center and Jones hit by a pitch, hit the game winning home run to take the game away by a final score of Orioles – 6 and Sox – 4.
Hoping to snap their losing streak it was going to be a tough game, the Sox would send Jose Quintana against Miguel Gonzalez for Baltimore
Gordon Beckham started the fireworks with a home run in the top of the first inning for a 1 – 0 lead. Alexei Ramirez with a double to right would get home, thanks to a Alejandro De Aza single to right. The Sox would take the lead to 3 – 0 in the top of the fourth inning when, Viciedo would get on base with a single, De Aza would hit his own single getting Viciedo to third, and Flowers would bring him home on a single of his own.
It was not until the bottom of the 6th inning when Pearce would get Baltimore’s only run by way of a home run to left. The top of the eighth would see the Sox add another run when, Ramirez would single to right and safely steal second. Ramirez would be gifted third base on a passed ball by Caleb Joseph. Ramirez would complete the trip to score thanks to a De Aza hitting into a fielder’s choice to second. Making the score at the close of the inning 4 to 1 in the Sox favor.
The ninth inning would see Baltimore make a final run at a win when, Chris Davis would start things with a single, J.J Hardy would hit into a fielder’s choice to the pitcher,Davis out at second. Manny Machado would get hardy to second on a single. Delmon Young would get a single to center, getting Hardy home, cutting the Sox lead to 4 – 2. Ryan Flaherty would hit into a Rack’em up (double play) to close the game.
Tomorrow is the rubber game in this three game series with Hector Noesi getting the keys to the office for the Sox against Ubaldo Jimenez in the Orioles mound office.