The Chicago White Sox were two outs away from being swept right out of the city of Cleveland on Sunday afternoon.
Then, Dayan Viciedo stepped to the plate.
With one swing of the bat, Viciedo gave the Sox a 4-3 lead with a three-run home run to right field off Cleveland Indians closer John Axford. The home run was Viciedo’s second of the season and just the fourth hit on the day for the Sox.
The 4-3 win for the Sox was just their seventh win at Progressive Field since the beginning of the 2013 season. The win snapped an eight-game losing streak for the Sox in Cleveland.
Viciedo’s game-saving home run overshadowed another poor performance for the White Sox at the plate. Sox hitters struck out 15 times on Sunday. Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber does deserve some huge credit. In eight innings, Kluber gave up just one earned run on three hits and struck out 13.
The Sox return home for a weekday four-game series against their crosstown rivals, the Chicago Cubs. First pitch on Monday is scheduled for 7:05 CT at the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field.
Fun times are coming for the Da Windy City crew. (Explanation: I’m a lonely Sox guy around the site.)
Game Notes and more:
- Jose Abreu. What more can be said? Abreu ripped his major-league leading 12th home run in the first inning on Sunday. Abreu’s slash line through 32 games: .258/.319/.617.
- Recently-added outfielder Moises Sierra pinch-ran for Adam Dunn in the ninth inning today. Sierra was added off waivers to the 25-man roster before Sunday’s game.
- Conor Gillaspie hit a home run on Sunday during his rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte. Gillaspie is expected to return to the Sox later this week.
- How’s this for a stat? The White Sox lead all of baseball with 30 ninth-inning runs scored in 32 games this season. New year, new attitude.
CSN Chicago’s all-world stat guru Christopher Kamka provided an encouraging stat on the progress of the White Sox bullpen: