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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

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