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Walking to a Win

May 16 at Los Angeles

Today's Game Rating:
One for each run and their three-game winning streak

Short Take:   Three-run eighth inning leads Sox to victory

What started as a decent game soon turned crappy. Then that crappy game turned into a better game. And that better game ended with a White Sox win. The Sox took the lead late and held on for a 5-4 win over the Angels.

Jose Quintana started for the Sox, and he had an iffy start. He gave up four runs on six hits and three walks, pitching 6.2 innings. It could have been worse, but at the time, the Sox weren't in a good position. Quintana picked up a no-decision in the end. Matt Lindstrom finished off the seventh without allowing a hit or a walk. Jesse Crain came on for the eighth and held the Angels scoreless. Addison Reed pitched the ninth and picked up his 13th save in 14 chances.

Sox batters started off decently with an Alex Rios homer in the fourth, putting them ahead at the time. After Albert Pujols hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the inning to put the Angels up 2-1, Jeff Keppinger reached on an error which allowed Conor Gillaspie to score. Gillaspie doubled to lead off the inning and moved to third when Dayan Viciedo grounded out. The game didn't stay tied for long, as Howie Kendrick doubled in two runs in the bottom of the sixth when the ball bounced off of Viciedo's glove.

But eighth inning proved to be a successful one for the Sox. Mike Scioscia had put reliever Dane De La Rosa in for the last three batters of the seventh, and he came out for the eighth. He started the inning by giving up a single to Alejandro De Aza. Alexei Ramirez came up and singled to center. De Aza got into third, and Ramirez advanced to second on the throw. Rios struck out swinging on a wild pitch by De La Rosa, which allowed De Aza to score and Ramirez to move into third. The Sox were now down just one run.

Adam Dunn, who has been doing well the last few games, hit a single to right, scoring Ramirez and tying the game at four. Scioscia pulled De La Rosa in favor of Michael Kohn who got Paul Konerko to ground out for the second out. He didn't do very well after that, as he gave up back-to-back-to-back walks. Normally that's bad, but for the Angels it was really bad since Dunn was still on base for all those walks. When he walked Keppinger, the bases were loaded, so Dunn scored, putting the Sox up 5-4.

I mentioned that Dunn was doing well the last few games. I know it's just three games, but in the last three games, he's batting .500, hit three home runs, batted in seven runs, scored four runs, and has struck out three times. Compare to the three games prior where he had no hits in ten at-bats and struck out five times. I know it's a small sample size, but for Dunn, it's a start. His average after the first game in Minnesota was an icy .137. After the last three games, it's gone up to .162. Still not the greatest, but it's a nice improvement for now.

Tomorrow night's game is a rematch of Sunday night's game. Chris Sale faces off against CJ Wilson. We all remember how Sale pitched Sunday. He was perfect through 6.1 innings before Mike Trout singled, but that was the only baserunner Sale allowed in his first career shutout. Wilson pitched well Sunday too, holding the Sox scoreless through six innings before allowing three runs. Fortunately for the Sox, Wilson didn't pitch well enough. Here's hoping the outcome is the same tomorrow night.

Hawk and Stoney's Wimpy's Thumb Guide:
 HAWK: Mercy! Thumbs way up, Wimperoo! WIMPY: Walking in the winning run? Thumbs up!

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