Apr 13, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez (10) hits a two-run walk off home run during the ninth inning at U.S Cellular Field. the Chicago White Sox defeated the Cleveland Indians 4-3. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Alexei Ramirez Walks it Off, Sox Win 4-3

Alexei Ramirez

Apr 13, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez (10) is greeted after hitting a two-run walk off home run during the ninth inning at U.S Cellular Field. the Chicago White Sox defeated the Cleveland Indians 4-3. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Is there a hotter hitter in the Chicago White Sox lineup than Alexei Ramirez?

Ramirez was the White Sox saving grace on a wet and rainy Sunday afternoon in Chicago against the Cleveland Indians. After Matt Lindstrom blew the save opportunity and Cleveland a 2-1 lead heading to the bottom of the ninth, Ramirez drilled a two-run walk-off home run to left field to give the Sox a 4-3 win.

Sunday was a long day at U.S. Cellular Field for both teams and the fans. Rain halted play twice and each delay last around an hour. The first delay took place before the first pitch was even thrown. The second delay took place in the fourth inning while Cleveland had a 1-0 lead.

Speaking of long days, Sox starter Jose Quintana had himself quite a day today. In the hardest-working start by a White Sox pitcher this season, Quintana went six innings, gave up five hits, one earned run, two walks and struck out six on 121 pitches. He logged his second no-decision of the season and the 29th in his 58 career starts.

The teams traded runs in the fourth inning, then the game was a scoreless duel until the bottom of the eighth inning.

With one out in the eighth inning, Marcus Semien hit his second home run of the season to give the Sox the 2-1 advantage heading to the ninth.

Matt Lindstrom struggled again and blew his second save of the season. In his inning of action, Lindstrom gave up two hits, a walk and threw a wild pitch that scored the go-ahead run for the Tribe.

But, as the Sox have in the first 13 games, they proved that the 2013 seasons is distant memory with Alexei Ramirez‘s go-homer.

 

Game Notes:

  • Maybe it’s because my job is to cover the White Sox, but there’s a feeling I get watching Jose Quintana pitch. That feeling is, he’s going to be a stellar arm in the White Sox rotation for many more years to come. He’s got a fluent delivery, a great attitude and presence  on the hill and the confidence from the White Sox brass. A nice contract extension can do that sometimes.
  • At this point in the season, the only arm that I trust coming out of the White Sox bullpen is Maikel Cleto. In two more innings today, Cleto did walk two, but didn’t give up a hit or run. I’ll give the bullpen a break for today because it was due for a break. Hopefully a day off Monday can get the bullpen on track a bit heading into a home series with Boston on Tuesday.
  • Just to prove that Alexei Ramirez is seeing a beach ball at the plate right now, here are his numbers at the plate in the 7-6 start: 21-for-50 (.420 BA), 3 HR, 12 RBI’s, 4 2B’s and 4 BB’s.

 

Positive Sox News:

Gordon Beckham returned to the Birmingham Barons lineup on Sunday afternoon. The Birmingham Barons Twitter account tweeted out what occurred during Beckham’s return.

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