Apr 23, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago White Sox third baseman Marcus Semien (5) receives congratulations from left fielder Alejandro De Aza (30) and catcher Tyler Flowers (21) after he hits a grand slam home run in the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Marcus Semien's Grand Slam Lifts Sox to Win

White Sox infielder Marcus Semien has three home runs in the first 22 games of the season. All three of those home runs have come in the seventh inning or later. The Sox were in tied games for the first two home runs, and lost both.

On Wednesday, the Sox trailed 4-2 in the seventh inning vs. the Detroit Tigers. Then, Marcus Semien came up big again with a two-out grand slam off of Detroit reliever Ian Krol to give the White Sox a 6-4 victory.

The win gave the Sox their 11th win of the season and put them back at .500 through 22 games. Detroit leads the AL Central at 10-8, but the Sox have sealed at least a split in this current four-game series with the Tigers.

The Sox got off to another great start again on Wednesday, thanks to Jose Abreu. For the second night in a row, Abreu crushed a home run in his first at-bat of the ballgame, this time off of Detroit lefty Drew Smyly. The home run was Abreu’s seventh long ball on the season.

Detroit made another good push shortly after by scoring four runs in the bottom of the fourth. The big inning was capped off by an Austin Jackson home run off of White Sox starter Andre Rienzo.

Rienzo was solid in his first start of the season outside of that fourth inning. In 6 1/3 innings pitched, Rienzo gave up four runs (all in the fourth and all earned) on five hits, walked two and struck out three on 97 pitches. Marcus Semien‘s big blast in the seventh inning sealed Rienzo picking up the win.

The Sox go for the series win on Thursday afternoon, as they send Jose Quintana to the hill. 2013 AL Cy Young winner Max Scherzer will oppose Quintana in the third game of four between the two AL Central rivals.


Game Notes:

  • Outside of the fourth inning, White Sox pitching only allowed three hits on Wednesday. To go along with the hit total, Sox pitching only allowed three walks.
  • Paul Konerko finally got on track in his final season on the South Side with a 3-for-4 day at the plate. During the 6-4 win, Konerko roped hit No. 2,300 in his illustrious career.
  • Matt Lindstrom picked up his third save of the season. If you’ve seen the White Sox bullpen this season, you understand that Lindstrom picking up a save is a big deal. The Sox have pitched themselves out of a few save situations this year.
  • Gordon Beckham is back. The Sox sent pitcher Charlie Leesman back to Triple-A Charlotte to make room for Beckham, who was on his way to join to the club after tonight’s game.


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