And finally, we have a wrap for you folks that is a bit different from the disappointing ones we've been delivering to you of late.
The game started off on the best possible note, as Alejandro De Aza (pictured above, H/T Mike Stove/Getty Images) hit his second leadoff home run of the season and his sixth long ball of the season. He went on to hit the ball hard a total of three times, coming up with three hits and two runs to show for it.
Most of the team's other runs came in the top of the third inning, as De Aza started off a one-out rally with a bunt single. He was followed by an Alexei Ramirez infield single, Alex Rios RBI-double and Conor Gillaspie two-RBI double to extend the team's lead to 4-1, making up for a Lucas Duda second inning solo home run.
The team added their fifth run of the game in the top of the seventh inning after Alejandro De Aza and Alexei Ramirez led off the inning with two hard-hit putouts. It was the middle of the order producing again, as Alex Rios, Conor Gillaspie, and Paul Konerko (RBI) singles got the team their insurance run.
The earlier damage came off of starter Jeremy Hefner, while the latter was against reliever Scott Atchison.
Other than the offense being competent, the other story of the night was starter Jake Peavy, who returned from his back spasm problems to dominate the New York Mets.
In 6.2 IP, he let up only three hits and was only scored against (1 ER) on the previously mentioned Duda home run. He walked two, struck out six, and lowered his 2013 ERA to 3.03. This all comes as very encouraging news, as given the recent injury woes surrounding the White Sox, the Jakemeister could not have been lost for any amount of time.
Things did get a bit interesting, however, in the bottom of the eight inning when Matt Thornon ran into a bit of trouble after getting the final out in the seventh inning.
Though he's been phenomenal of late, Thornton let up two straight hits to lead off the eighth inning to Ruben Tejada and Jacob Turner, as Tejada scored on an Alex Rios error as he was handling the Turner single. Luckily, the run was ruled an unearned one later. But then, Jesse Crain came in and struck out the side (allowing only a walk to David Wright, pictured below, H/T Mike Stove/Getty Images), which sent the Sox to the ninth with the lead in yet another save situation. Or so it looked.
Alex Rios capped off his phenomenal night with a long solo home run in the top of the ninth inning to give the team an insurance run once again. Because of this, Robin Ventura and Don Cooper did still call upon Addison Reed in the ninth inning, but not to pick up his 12th save of the season … at least for a few minutes.
Reed let up a triple to Tuesday night's hero Mike Baxter with one out and with two outs, he yielded an RBI single to Ruben Tejada which made the game 6-3. And eventually let runners on the second & third with the tying run at the plate before he got the final out of the ball game and earned that 12th save.
The White Sox finished their road trip at 4-4.
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Tomorrow, the Sox have a much-deserved off day before they welcome the slumping Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to town for a three-game weekend set. As always, our own Matt Hoeppner will provide an in-depth analysis of that series before it gets underway at The Cell Friday evening.