Chris Davis led the way for the Orioles Wednesday night, hitting his major league leading 32nd home run and breaking the 2-2 tie in the eight with a two run double.
Former Cub Scott Feldman went a solid six innings in his Orioles debut, surrendering two runs. He did not factor into the decision, but the Orioles held on to win 4-2 despite a threat from the White Sox in the bottom of the 9th inning.
With the loss, the White Sox fall back to a season worst 15 games below .500 as they reach the halfway point of the season.
White Sox Fall Short in Ninth
After Dayan Viciedo grounded out to lead off the White Sox half of the ninth, Conor Gillaspie and Jeff Keppinger hit back to back singles, putting the tying run on first base.
Orioles closer Jim Johnson then struck out Gordon Beckham looking on three pitches, and then retired pinch-hitter Jordan Danks on a bouncer to the mound for his 29th save in 34 attempts.
Beckham Swinging a Hot Bat
Despite his poor at-bat in the White Sox last frame, Beckham continued swinging the bat well on Wednesday evening and stroked his first home run of the season to tie the game at two in the fifth inning.
Beckham finished the night 2 for 4, and boosted his average to .331 on the season. He continues to be one of the lone bright spots in this White Sox lineup since coming off of the DL on June 3rd.
Chris Davis Continues Remarkable First Half
White Sox starter Hector Santiago was impressive in his outing on Wednesday night. In seven innings of work, Santiago fanned nine Orioles hitters, and allowed two runs on only five hits.
Despite Santiago's solid showing, it wasn't enough to slow down Orioles slugger Chris Davis. Not only did he slug his league leading 32nd home run on the evening, he also greeted Matt Thornton with a game deciding two-run double in the eighth after Nick Markakis and Adam Jones singled off Matt Lindstrom (2-3), giving the Orioles a 4-2 lead.
Historically, Davis finds himself in some pretty impressive company. He sits just seven home runs shy of the pace that Barry Bonds was at on this date (July 3rd) during his record setting 73 home run campaign of 2001.
No one here is at all suggesting that Davis is going to make a serious run at 70 home runs. It's tough although to not acknowledge the historically great numbers that this slugger is posting in the first half of his 2013 campaign.
Fourth of July Matinee
The rubber match of this three game set will take place Thursday afternoon and is scheduled to start at 1:10 CT. Jose Quintana (3-2) is set to take on Zach Britton (2-2). Taking two of three from a first place club like the Orioles could be a big morale boost for this struggling White Sox team, who will look to avoid dropping to a season worst 16 games below .500.
From the entire staff here at Grab Some Bench, we sincerely wish you, your family, and all of your friends a happy and safe Fourth of July celebration. Along with, of course, a White Sox winner! Cheers!