In his previous 35 at-bats before Tuesday, Gordon Beckham was 7-for-35 (.200). In five at-bats on Tuesday night, Beckham was 4-for-5.
Led by Gordon Beckham‘s huge night at the plate, the Chicago White Sox took another step towards regaining the Crosstown Cup from their crosstown rival, Chicago Cubs. The Sox scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning to take the second game of the four-game set between the two Windy City clubs, 5-1.
Beckham was tremendous for the Sox all night long. Here’s Beckham’s five at-bats:
Single to left, single to center, single to center, home run to left and a foul out to first.
Beckham’s home run broke a 1-1 tie in the eighth inning. The two-out home run came off of Cubs reliever Neil Ramirez, who picked up the loss.
Lost in the big bounce-back night from Beckham, recently-acquired outfielder Moises Sierra had a great day at the plate as well. Sierra, who started for the injured Adam Dunn, went 4-for-4 with a run scored in the win. Beckham and Sierra combined for eight of the 11 White Sox hits on Tuesday.
The Sox go for the Crosstown Cup clinch on Wednesday night on their side of town. The Good Guys will send John Danks to the mound to oppose Cubs starter Travis Wood. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM CT.
- Adam Dunn missed tonight’s game with tightness in his right calf. Dunn plans to playing in Wednesday’s game.
- Sox starter Hector Noesi wasn’t perfect, but he did enough to get the job done on Tuesday. In five innings, Noesi gave up just one earned run on four hits, walked one and struck out six Cubs.
- Just for the record: Jose Abreu, Alexei Ramirez and Tyler Flowers had the three hits that the Beckham/Sierra duo didn’t rack up on Tuesday.
- Once again, how about the White Sox bullpen? In four innings, three Sox relievers walked two, but didn’t give up a hit or a run, while striking out five.
Before Tuesday’s game, the Chicago Cubs organization presented White Sox 1B/DH Paul Konerko with a “14″ from the Wrigley Field scoreboard in a short, but classy pre-game ceremony.