Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 10/31/14

Chicago White Sox go deep in series win isportsweb

The Chicago White Sox went yard five times tonight in their 11-8 win against the Minnesota Twins in the series rubber match.

The first bomb came off the bat of A.J. Pierzynski in the second inning. Paul Konerko and Alex Rios each had home runs in the sixth inning, in addition to Dayan Viciedo’s towering shot in the ninth. The game’s deciding swing, however, was from Alejandro De Aza when he hit his first career grand slam to give the Sox the lead.

When asked after the game what he was thinking at the plate with bases loaded, De Aza simply said, “I was just trying to hit the ball.” All the fireworks left the Sox seventh in the American League in homers and the way they have been swinging their bats, you can expect that rank to keep rising.

De Aza demonstrating his power

To their credit, the Twins did put up a fight. Justin Morneau had two home runs of his own as they managed to make it respectable with eight runs total. It is a bit frustrating to continue to see Philip Humber struggle following his perfect game. He left in the fifth after allowing five earned runs.

The Sox managed to win this division series after losing decisively in the opener. Aside from that misstep, they have been absolutely on fire this last week. Having won six of their last seven, the Sox are definitely making the Cleveland Indians fight to keep that top spot. In the last ten games alone, there have been 20 home runs by this hard-hitting club. The young Viciedo makes up five of those shots as he continues to turn his slow start around.

Also of positive note is still the consistent performance of Paul Konerko. Gone are the days where he was just a solid player and team captain. Konerko is now (and has been for the past three years) in the upper echelon of players in all of baseball. His .384 batting average is the best in the American League with Josh Hamilton a close second. After that, the nearest player is Derek Jeter at .348. Considering that Hamilton is first in home runs and RBIs, Konerko is in fine company.

Their win tonight put the Sox (23-22) above the .500 mark for the first time since May 1st. I can think of no better time than now for the upcoming weekend series against the Indians. They’ll look to do something about the 3 1/2 game deficit tomorrow night at the Cell.

Chicago White Sox go deep in series win isportsweb

Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

How much will Rousey and Zingano make for their fight?

Browns agree to three-year deal with Josh McCown

Peterson releases statement, no mention of the Vikings

Bulls general manager expects Derrick Rose back in 4-6 weeks

Ray Allen reportedly will not sign with Cavaliers if he returns


Shane Vereen squashes rumor he wants $5 million per season

Jon Gruden on Meyer: 'Greatest coaching job of all time'

Vince Young to work out at NFL Veteran Combine

Report: Mike Wallace unwilling to restructure contract

Report: Colts targeting Brandon Marshall

Rakeem Christmas leads Syracuse in exercise of futility

WATCH: Knicks' Alexey Shved tosses wild pass into stands

Ten players ready to make the leap in 2015

WATCH: Reggie Bush says he won't quit football

PHOTO: ECHL team will wear Dr. Seuss jerseys

Report: Baron Davis in talks to join a contending team

Earl Lloyd and basketball’s cruel February

Pirates issue statement about ISIS executioner in team hat

WATCH: Dress debate threatens to derail Brooklyn Nets’ season

FIFA gave Fox the 2026 World Cup to avoid a lawsuit

WATCH: Charles Barkley rips analytics... again

Dark horse World Series contenders in 2015

The Jacksonville Jaguars need to step up

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Earl Lloyd and basketball’s cruel February

WATCH: Barkley rips analytics again

A-Rod: A con man returns to baseball

Bostick death threats show why some fans take sports too seriously

Russell Westbrook is surging into the MVP conversation

Five-round NFL Mock Draft

Key offseason moves for every MLB team

Rousey, Arianny Celeste get into it

Dallas sportscaster back with another powerful essay

The parallels of Rose and Hardaway

Offseason breakdown for all 32 NFL teams

On Josh Hamilton's addiction and feeling alone

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.