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Better Late Than Never

May 14, vs. Detroit


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John didn't bring his lunch pail to work, but the Sox offense remembered to bring plenty of firepower for the visiting Tigers

Short Take:  John Danks put Sox in early hole but Dayan Viciedo's career night and stellar outings from bullpen propel Sox to come-from-behind win

After dropping the final two games of their series with Kansas City while scoring just a single run in 18 innings, you'll have to forgive Sox fans who undoubtedly must have vented their frustration at the sight of the Tigers rolling out a 3-spot on the scoreboard in the first inning.  With the Sox's anemic offense and Detroit's surprising rookie phenom Drew Smyly on the hill, that 3-run lead may as well have been 300.  Or so it seemed.  Tonight, the offense was plentiful thanks to a hopefully break-out performance by Dayan Viciedo and although John Danks labored through another rough outing, his bullpen got his back, pitching 6 scoreless innings and helping the Sox win the first of this two-game set in comeback fashion, 7-5.

Danks couldn't get past the third inning, and, in what is becoming increasingly consistent for him, was woeful with his command, walking three in three innings and not striking out anyone.  He was also tagged for 9 hits and really, all things considered, it was a miracle he only allowed 5 runs over 3 innings of work.  His ERA now stands at 6.46 which is third worst amongst all qualifying pitchers in the American League, ahead of only Luke Hochevar (7.20) and Clay Buchholz (8.31).

The bullpen, however, was magnificient.  Only a day after their miserable performance against Kansas City in Sunday's embarrassing loss, they picked up their struggling ace.  Zach Stewart earned the win in relief, entering the game in the 4th after Danks had surrendered a pair of singles to Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder to lead off the frame.  He put Delmon Young, Ryan Raburn, and Brennan Boesch down in order to end the threat and from there, was on cruise control, only allowing 2 baserunners in his three innings of work and punching out a pair.  Behind him Hector Santiago, Matt Thornton, and Addison Reed all pitched a single, scoreless frame to help alleviate their own demons for at least a day.  Reed's 9th inning provided him with his third save of the season.

As for the offense, it was all about the longball on a warm late Spring night.  Adam Dunn started the scoring in the 1st, with the Sox already down 3-0, he tagged Smyly for a 2-run blast that cut the lead to 1.  It was also Dunn's first home run off a left-handed pitcher since joining the Sox and his 12th of the season, eclipsing the much-maligend mark he posted last year.  After Danks gave back that pair of runs in the 3rd, the Sox had to wait until the 5th inning when Dayan Viciedo clobbered a 2-run bomb off Smyly, his 4th of the season, which cut the deficit to 5-4.  An inning later, in his next at bat, Viciedo brought the Sox all the way back, chopping a bases loaded single over the pitcher to score Alex Rios and A.J. Pierzynski, giving the Sox a 6-5 lead which they extended one batter later thanks to an RBI single by Brent Morel that capped the evening's scoring.

For Viciedo, his 4 RBI night sets a new career high and for the Sox offense that struggled so badly over the weekend, every starter reached base and they tagged Smyly who entered the night with a 1-0 record and 1.59 ERA in his first 6 Major League starts.

The Sox and Tigers will wrap up this abbreviated two game series Tuesday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field as the Sox send their de facto ace Jake Peavy to the mound against the struggling Max Scherzer for Detroit.  First pitch will be at 1:10 PM and the game will be televised nationally on WGN.  The Sox go for their first series win at home since hosting Detroit to open the season and the winner of Tuesday's game will leave Chicago with sole possession of 2nd place in the American League Central.

Go Sox!

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