Originally written on Grab Some Bench  |  Last updated 6/9/13
It’s been a long time since I’ve done a GSB! game wrap for a win, as it seems like Zach has done those games while I’ve been the bearer of bad luck. However, the White Sox came away victorious on this Sunday in front of Tony LaRussa and other 1983 alumni, downing the A’s 4-2. There were a lot of positives with this win. Let’s take a look ... “SCREWGIE” DOES THE JOB Making his return to the starting rotation in place of Jake Peavy, Santiago picked up right where he left off from his last stint in that spot. He went 6.1 innings, giving up just one earned run (two total), four hits, and three walks. This comes after his last relief stint against the A’s where he walked five, including the game winning run. Obviously, he put that totally past him. Zach nicknamed Hector “Screwgie” last season due to his nasty screwball, but another nickname you can call this guy is “The Chameleon” because the guy adapts to any situation. We’ve seen him perform in every role over his White Sox tenure, and for a manager, that has to be a great luxury to have. However, his stuff, velocity and movement wise, always seems to look better when he’s in the rotation. GOLD GLOVE GILLASPIE Conor Gillaspie probably had the single greatest defensive game any Sox player has had all season long this afternoon, making three spectacular diving plays at the hot corner. While he’s struggled with the bat lately and seen his average has fallen below .250, this guy never takes his bat out to the field with him. We’ll see how soon he can snap out of this slump, but regardless, he’s becoming one of the American League’s best defensive third baseman. DECISIVE FOURTH INNING After Tyler Flowers homered in the third inning to tie the game 1-1, the Sox scored two more in the fourth inning to grab the lead. The Sox didn’t need to use the home run to score either, as they used an Adam Dunn double, a Paul Konerko single, a Gillaspie sacrifice fly, a Dayan Viciedo walk, and a Gordon Beckham RBI double to get the two runs across. That was all the Sox would need with the bullpen’s performance (aside from Matt Thornton throwing the ball away, allowing Oakland to score run number two), but Alex Rios would add on a solo home run for good measure in the eighth. AXE TAKES ON THE KNUCKLER The White Sox welcome the Toronto Blue Jays to town tomorrow night, and Dylan Axelrod will oppose knuckleballer and last year’s National League Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey. Dickey shut down the White Sox offense earlier in the year back in Toronto, and with the White Sox offense starting to come around, seeing a knuckleballer might throw a wrench into things. This series also means that this will be Mark Buehlre’s first trip to U.S. Cellular Field as a visitor. However, he is not scheduled to pitch in this series, as he started yesterday’s 18-inning marathon against Texas.
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