Oh, how sweet it is to score some damn runs.
With the White Sox facing the Twins in the rubber match of the team's three-game road set in Minneapolis Wednesday afternoon, us palehose faithful hoped to see the team head west to Anaheim with a bit of momentum.
And with a four-game set ready to get underway against the Halos Thursday night after a long day of travel Wednesday night, that's exactly what the Sox were able to do.
In the early goings of the ball game, it looked like Sox starter Dylan Axelrod and the south siders would be in for a long day against Mike Pelfrey and the Twins.
In the bottom of the first inning, the first three MIN hitters knocked base hits, giving them an early 1-0 lead. But like became a trend in the game, Axe was able to recover and quiet down a Twins' threat.
He escaped a two-out rally in the second inning, but not before former White Sox utility man Eduardo Escobar's one-out, solo home run to put the Twins up, 2-0. But then soon after, the Sox' unexpected surge began.
With two outs in the top of the third inning, Alex Rios singled to keep the inning alive, bringing cleanup hitter Adam Dunn to the plate to face Pelfrey … and thank goodness it did.
Dunn promptly blasted a two-run home run over the '411 sign in center field to tie the ball game at two.
After Axelrod escaped another two-on, nobody out jam in the bottom of the third inning, Dayan Viciedo led off the fourth inning with an inside-out solo home run to give the Sox their first lead of the afternoon. Tank continues to be a spark plug for the offense since coming off of the DL last week. He finished the game 2-for-4 with two RBI's while raising his batting average to .288.
Though the good guys had grabbed the lead, their impressive efforts were far from over.
Dylan Axelrod recorded his only quick inning of the game in the fourth inning bringing the Sox offense back to bat. Alexei Ramirez and Alex Rios stayed hot, leading off the inning with singles to set up an RBI double from Adam Dunn that hit Target Field's left-center field wall. And after Tank brought home Rios on a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded, the Sox suddenly had a comfortable 5-2 lead.
But not for long.
Dylan Axelrod let the first two Twins' runners reach base in the fifth inning before escaping unscathed once again. But he couldn't get through the sixth inning untouched.
Minnesota scored two runs off of Sox reliever Matt Lindstrom, one of which was charged to Axelrod. Still, Dylan's line of 5.1 IP and 3 ER is awfully impressive considering how much he had to grind and battle throughout the afternoon.
If Adam Dunn's sudden streak of brilliance wasn't too much for Sox fans to handle, it really did become unbelievable in the top of the seventh inning when Jeff Keppinger doubled home Paul Konerko and Conor Gillaspie (who both singled) with two outs to extend the team's lead to 7-4.
In the top of the eighth inning, Alex Rios walked with two outs in front of Adam 'Biggum' Dunn's second home run of the game and ninth of the season, making it a 9-4 ball game.
His great play has to be the most encouraging part of the Minnesota series, which the Sox did win after Nate Jones and Brian Omogrosso worked easy eighth and ninth innings.
Stay tuned on GrabSomeBench.com for a preview of the series in LA starting Thursday in addition to analysis of the suddenly capable White Sox offense.