Stop the boiling-hot Chicago presses from printing the news on the Chicago Blackhawks extending Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane’s contracts. The Chicago White Sox are heating up quietly.
Behind six extra-base hits on Tuesday night, the White Sox won again at Fenway Park over the Boston Red Sox, 8-3. John Danks picked up his eighth win of the season after going 5 2/3 innings.
With the victory, the White Sox are 3-2 against the defending World Series champs, with two meetings in Boston still left to play.
The White Sox scored the game’s first three runs, including two of the three being knocked in by left fielder Alejandro De Aza. Boston answered with three runs in the fifth inning to knot the game at three. In the final four innings, all five runs scored were by the White Sox.
Three of those five runs were scored in the ninth inning off two Red Sox relievers. As of the win on Tuesday night, the White Sox still lead all of baseball with 0.59 runs per ninth inning. They have scored four ninth-inning runs in the last four games (three of the four have been wins).
What was impressive again for the White Sox was the collective effort of the pitching staff. Although Danks wasn’t sharp in his (almost) six innings of work, Ronald Belisario and Erik Surkamp locked down the final 3 1/3 innings of action. The bullpen duo struck out more Boston hitters than hits they allowed (3-2).
When asked about Belisario’s performance, White Sox manager Robin Ventura replied, “He (Belisario) did great. That’s a man’s work.”
The battle of the Sox continues on Wednesday night in Boston, where Red Sox manager John Farrell will get a first-hand look at the guy who he passed up for his All-Star Game pitching staff: Chris Sale.
Even though Sale missed a month with elbow issues, he’s been the best pitcher in baseball not named Clayton Kershaw. Sale is 8-1 with a 2.16 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP. White Sox fans still have until Thursday afternoon to vote Sale in the American League’s Final Vote. The BoSox will send Rubby De La Rosa to the mound. First pitch is scheduled for 6:10 CT.
Well done, @whitesox.