The Chicago White Sox finished their first full month of the 2014 season on Wednesday afternoon. Currently, the Sox are 14-15, three games behind the Detroit Tigers for the AL Central lead.
Let’s take a look back at quite an exciting and promising opening month to the season for the Good Guys:
April 2 – Wild extra-inning win vs. Minnesota
Leury Garcia did one of the more unexpected things in the game of baseball. With a 0-2 count in the bottom of the 11th inning, Garcia laid a bunt down and reached base.
What Garcia did wasn’t even the craziest thing of the inning. Minnesota Twins reliever Samuel Deduno committed a balk and threw two wild pitches, with the second one scoring Garcia and giving the Sox a 7-6 win in 11 innings.
April 8 – Sox put on a show in Colorado
In a 15-3 White Sox blowout of the Colorado Rockies, the Sox pounded 19 total hits. In the final three innings of the game, the Sox scored 11 runs after the Rockies closed the White Sox lead to 4-2 in the sixth inning.
Seven White Sox hitters logged multi-hit games, including outfielder Avisail Garcia, who went 4-for-5 with a pair of home runs. (This was Garcia’s final full game before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury the next day.)
April 13 – Alexei Ramirez walks it off
With one on and one out, Alexei Ramirez stepped to the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning and didn’t waste any time.
The first pitch Ramirez he saw from Indians reliever John Axford ended the game, as Ramirez roped a walk-off two-run home run to give the Sox a 4-3 win.
April 15 – Alexei Ramirez does it again … sorta
After an off day, the Sox began a three-game series with the defending World Series Champion Boston Red Sox. In the opener of the series, the game was tied at one in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Alexei Ramirez stepped to the plate, with a chance to be the hero for the second straight game. Ramirez roped a single into left field.
After an Adam Eaton walk, Marcus Semien hit a ground-ball to Boston shortstop Xander Bogaerts. Bogaerts fielded the ball cleanly, but short-hopped the throw to late-inning defensive replacement Mike Carp.
The ball got away from Carp, Ramirez never stopped running and the Sox stole another late-inning thriller.
April 20 – A Chicago power surge in Arlington
After only scoring three runs in the first two games in a three-game series against the Texas Rangers, the White Sox exploded for 16 runs and 18 hits in a 16-2 blowout in the series finale.
The Sox scored seven runs in the top of the ninth inning, including hitting four doubles in the inning. Filling in the lead-off spot for Adam Eaton, Marcus Semien exploded for a 4-for-6 day at the plate, including four runs knocked in.
April 25 – Put it on the board, Jose!
The White Sox trailed the Tampa Bay Rays by two runs after a ninth-inning Evan Longoria two-run home run.
Then, Jose Abreu showed why he’s the $68-million-dollar man.
Abreu crushed a walk-off grand slam to give the Sox the improbable 9-6 win over the Rays. The walk-off shot was Abreu’s ninth home run of the month. Abreu became the first player in the history of the game to hit nine home runs in the month of April as a rookie.