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Delayed Sweep

August 12 vs. L.A. Angels of Anaheim

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After working on a night like that, these guys needed all the water they could get.

Short Take:   Avisail Garcia brings end to game against Angels that should have happened earlier, but a sweep is a sweep.

As they've done so often with opponents this season, the White Sox did everything they could to give away Wednesday's home contest against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. After blowing a 2-1 lead in the ninth, all they needed was for Mike Scioscia's crew to make one more pounce to complete their collapse. That never happened, despite several chances for it. So the Sox rescinded their offer and finished the sweep 3-2 in 13 innings.

John Danks, continuing his recent dominance, deserved better than a no-decision. In 7 1/3 innings, his only blemish was Conor Gillaspie's RBI double in the top of the fifth. That was wiped clean in the bottom half with Gordon Beckham's RBI double, followed by Alexei Ramirez's RBI double in the sixth. Danks, with just enough run support, exited to a standing ovation and he politely tipped his cap to the U.S. Cellular Field crowd.

After Nate Jones got Mike Trout and Albert Pujols out to finish the eighth, everything seemed to go right with David Robertson coming in for the save. Erick Aybar led off with a strikeout in the dirt, but he ran to first and thought Tyler Flowers missed the tag. Home plate umpire Fieldin Culbreth had already called Aybar out, which is why Flowers didn't throw to first. After review, the initial ruling was upheld and Scioscia likely had flashbacks to A.J. Pierzynski and the 2005 ALCS.

But the long time it took to confirm the call may have caused Robertson to lose his momentum. He proceeded to give up back-to-back singles to C.J. Cron and Johnny Giavotella, putting runners at the corners. Gillaspie hit a hard grounder to first and Jose Abreu quickly stepped on the bag. What followed was a sequence seemingly only these White Sox could pull off.

On Gillaspie's grounder, pinch runner Taylor Featherston glanced at home. Abreu fielded the ball so quickly, Featherston's chance at scoring should have been tough at best. Instead, Abreu chased Giavotella toward second and the play ended with a sketchy interference call. Giavotella was safe, Featherston ran home to tie the game and the evening dragged on.

Four extra innings followed as the Sox and Angels burned through their bullpens. Both teams threatened with runners on third at times, but couldn't get them those extra 90 feet needed to break the 2-2 tie. Gillaspie and Matt Albers did their best to speed it up with throwing errors, but their anti-heroics went unheeded. It appeared this game would extend into early Thursday.

Instead, it was resolved in the bottom of the 13th, which began with Abreu's leadoff single. Two batters later, Avisail Garcia lined the ball exactly where he needed to: the gap in left-center. The ball rolled all the way to the wall in such a way that even with Abreu's speed, he still scored the winning run from first. Joy came to the fans who stuck it out and had their patience rewarded.

What is it about these White Sox that they don't want us to quit watching? Amazingly, they sit just 4 1/2 games back in the Wild Card and this sweep came against the team holding that second spot. The pitching found a wind in this series and the offense did just enough to support that effort. You could say the Angels choked in the clutch in this last game, but credit the pitching staff for giving the lineup chances to play hero until the job was done.

After a day off Thursday, the Sox will resume play Friday against that team from the North Side, which just had its own walk-off victory in extras. Jeff Samardzija will attempt to right his recent struggles in squaring off against Kyle Hendricks. The game starts at 3:10, meaning the fans of whoever wins can truly enjoy a relaxing night ahead. Hopefully, those wearing blue will leave the ballpark quietly.

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