Tuesday, May 8, 2012
White Sox 5 Indians 3: Alex Rios' Revenge
Last week Alex Rios took exception to the way Indians closer Chris Perez celebrated after getting the final out in a Cleveland win over the Sox. The two exchanged words and went their separate ways.
On Tuesday night Alex Rios let his bat do his talking.
After blowing a 3-0 lead in the eighth inning, Rios hit a triple into the gap in the top of the tenth to give the White Sox a 4-3 lead and scored on a ground ball by Alexei Ramirez to give the Sox an insurance run they wouldn't need.
That's because the only person in the bullpen that hasn't been anointed the closer at some point this season, Addison Reed, came on in the bottom of the tenth to pick up the save.
Of course, there was a lot more to this game than the final three innings. There was John Danks having his best start of the season, and you know it was a great John Danks start because those are the ones the White Sox bullpen loves to blow more than any other.
Danks went 7 innings and allowed only 5 hits on the night, with two of those hits leading to him being pulled in the eighth inning without recording an out. Both would score as Chris Sale couldn't work out of the jam in his first appearance since the White Sox decided to send him back to the bullpen.
It was not a great night overall, as Danks did walk 3 batters while only picking up 1 strikeout, but if nothing else it was an encouraging start. The kind of start Danks probably needed at this point. It would have been nice if he could have gotten the win, but the Sox won the game, so it doesn't sting nearly as much.
The blown lead wasn't solely the bullpen's fault, either. Looking past Dayan Viciedo letting a ball drop in front of him that probably should have been caught in the eighth, and an error by Alexei Ramirez, the offense wasn't at its best either.
The Sox picked up 2 runs in the first inning, but on the night they were 3-for-15 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base.
In other words, there were plenty of opportunities to expand the lead that the Sox did not take advantage of.
Still, a win is a win is a win and it's nice to put an end to the latest losing streak. If Jake Peavy can go out and get another win on Wednesday and allow the Sox to get a split in this series, that would be a boost as well before Thursday's day off and a brief five-game homestand against Kansas City and Detroit.