As Hawk Harrelson noted quite a few times, the White Sox really do not like to go away. Despite trailing late by a couple runs in Detroit Wednesday night, the south siders scrapped their way back and got a clutch hit from a rookie who has started a rather impressive trend right before our eyes.
The game started out just like Tuesday night did, with a Jose Abreu home run to dead center field, hit about 425 feet and into the ivy. The radio announcers in Detroit noted that there’s usually only about five home runs hit to center per year in Comerica Park … but that’s two in two days for Abreu (this one of the two-run variety).
White Sox starter Andre Rienzo, recently recalled from AAA Charlotte, pitched well in this one. Despite surrendering a big fourth inning in which he was really hit around and the Tigers scored four runs, he flew through their tough lineup.
He let up just five hits before being pulled with one out in the seventh in favor of a bullpen that found a way to do the job — a job set up by the big hit we mentioned earlier.
In the Sox’ half of the seventh, singles from Paul Konerko and Alejandro De Aza came before a walk to Tyler Flowers to load the bases. With two outs, Marcus Semien came to the plate and smashed a grand slam over the left field wall. It was his third homer of the season … all three have put the team ahead in the seventh inning or later.
You can watch the slam by clicking here … and I recommend you do.
Also of note: Paul Konerko was in the starting lineup and went 3-for-4 with a double. In doing so, he moved into first place as the franchise’s all-time leader in total bases.
The Sox have now won two of series’ first three games. They can win the series Thursday afternoon.