The White Sox welcomed the San Francisco Giants for a two game series on Tuesday and Wednesday this past week.
Game one saw John Danks take the mound for the Sox, facing Matt Cain for the Giants. Also joining John on the pitching staff for this game was Javy Guerra, Zach Putnam, Daniel Webb. Joining Matt for the Giants was Yusmeiro Petit.
The Giants would open the scoring in the top of the first with Hunter Pence hitting a home run to left center for a 1 -0 lead. The Giants would add another in the top of the third when, Gregor Blanco walked, Pence grounded into a fielder’s choice to third but was safe on base due to an error by Alexei Ramirez, Buster Posey would get Blanco home with a single to left and Pence was held at second. *Score at the close of the inning was 2 – 0 in favor or the Giants.
The Sox tied things up in the bottom of the third inning when, with Adam Eaton already on base by way of a single to right and a safe steal to second, scored on a Gordon Beckham home run to center. *Score at the close of the inning was 2 apiece.
The Sox added three in the bottom of the fourth, when Jose Abreu started things with a single, Ramirez reaching on his own single, moved Abreu to second, Dayan Viciedo’s single loaded the bases. Tyler Flowers walked bringing Abreu home for a 3 – 2 Sox lead. On a throwing error by the Giants short stop Brandon Crawford, both Ramirez and Viciedo were able to get across home plate to take the score in favor of the Sox 5 – 2.
The last of the scoring came in the bottom of the fifth inning for the Sox when, Conor Gillaspie scored on an Adam Dunn single, Viciedo’s homer to left with Dunn on board brought the Sox lead to 8 to 2, which wound up being the final score.
Would see Chris Sale face off against Tim Hudson.
By the close of the fourth inning the Sox would have a 4 – 0 lead. The top of the fifth inning would see the Giants start to mound some offense when, Blanco singled to center, Pence also reached on a single to center. Posey’s single to center would get Blanco home. Pablo Sandoval sacrifice fly to center would get Pence home cutting the Sox lead in half 4 – 2.
Dunn would add three more in the bottom of the fifth inning thanks to a home run to right with Gillaspie and Abreu already on the pond. Gillaspie and Abreu both reached on respective singles to right and center. *Score at the close of the inning 7 – 2 in favor of the Sox.
The Giants added one in the top of the seventh, in the top of the eighth the Giants, starting the run chase again when, Ehire Adrianza started things off with a single to right, Brandon Crawford got a free pass by way of a walk. Blanco’s double to right got Adrianza home for a 7 – 4 Sox lead. Pence grounding to second moved Crawford across home plate, getting the Giants within two at the close of the inning. *Score Sox – 7 and the Giants 5
The top of the ninth would see the Giants fall two runs short when, Sandvol doubled to right, Michael Morse singled to right. Tyler Colvin’s sacrifice fly to left would get Sandvol home but Adrianza would close the game with a fly out to center.
The Sox head out on a road trip to Minnesota, Toronto, and Baltimore.
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