Closing Game with Baltimore Abreu hits #23
Coming off a much-needed win yesterday the White Sox head into game 4 sending Hector Noesi (ERA 5.03) against Ubaldo Jimenez (4.59)
The White Sox are currently 36 – 42 (15 – 24 on the road) and Baltimore is 40 – 36 (17 – 18 at home)
The Sox lined up Adam Eaton, Gordon Beckham, Conor Gillaspie,Jose Abreu, Adam Dunn, Alexei Ramirez, Dayan Viciedo, Alejandro De Aza, Tyler Flowers
The top of the fourth inning, Jose Abreu set off the fireworks hitting home run #23 giving the Sox the early lead 1 – 0.
De Aza opened the top of the fifth inning with a walk, Flowers grounded out moving De Aza to second, Eaton’s triple to deep right got De Aza home for a 2 – 0 Sox lead.
Chicago Added two more runs at the top of the seventh when Viciedo walked, De Aza’s deep right double moved Viciedo to third, Flowers single to deep left brought the boys home for a 4 – 0 Sox lead, Flowers tried to stretch it into a double but was out at second, Eaton kept the rally going with a single to center, Beckham hit into a fielder’s choice at short, Eaton out at second. Brad Branch took over on the mound from Jimenez for Baltimore.
Zach Putnam came on in the top of the eighth inning, with two Orioles on base in relief of Noesi. Putnam got the next two batters to fly out and Scott Downs came on to face Chris Davis. After walking Davis, Downs makes way for Javy Guerra. Who gives up a Grand Slam to tie up the game at 4 runs apiece.
There was a rain delay and the game finally started at the top of the 10th inning. It became a pitchers duel until the bottom of the twelfth inning when on a Daniel Webb wild pitch, David. Lough scored after reaching base by way of coming on for Nick Hundley who had walked.
Final Score was Baltimore 5 and Chicago 4. The Sox hit the road heading North for a series against the Toronto Blue Jays.