Before Tuesday’s game at home, the Chicago White Sox were hitting .212 as a team with a pitching staff that had racked up a 5.75 ERA in the previous four games.
But, in a season that has 162 games, there’s plenty of opportunities to turn things around.
The White Sox did just that in a two-game series with the National League West-leading San Francisco Giants.
Tuesday: White Sox – 8, Giants -2
After a lackluster three-game series loss to the Kansas City Royals over the weekend, the White Sox bats came alive against Giants starter Matt Cain.
John Danks picked up his sixth win of the season after another quality start. In 6 1/3 innings of work, Danks only gave up one earned run on five hits, walked one and struck out four on 97 pitches. With Tuesday’s win, Danks has won three straight starts. Danks hasn’t lost since May 30th.
CSN Chicago stat guru Christopher Kamka with a telling thought:
Wednesday: White Sox – 7, Giants – 6
Jose Abreu has played 58 games in the majors. In those 58 games, Abreu has slugged 20 home runs. Only two players have reached the 20-HR plateau faster than Abreu.
Abreu’s two-run shot in the first inning on Wednesday afternoon jolted the Sox in the 7-6 win. The home run was the first given up by Giants starter Tim Hudson in 134 straight batters.
The White Sox made some history after Abreu’s 20th home run of the season:
Add in an Adam Dunn home run in the fifth inning and the Sox got back to two games under .500 (35-37) heading to Minnesota on Thursday.
The White Sox head to Minneapolis on Thursday for a four-game series with the Minnesota Twins. The series begins an 11-game road trip for the Sox, with trips to Baltimore and Toronto coming. First pitch between the White Sox and Twins on Thursday night is scheduled for 7:10 CT. Jose Quintana will start for the Sox, while the Twins will start right-hander Yohan Pino.
The last two starts for Quintana haven’t been sharp. Quintana has given up 10 runs on 15 hits in his last two outings (both losses).
Oh, try to figure this one out. I dare you.