Alexei Ramirez, White Sox, Walk Off Over A’s
The Chicago White Sox are certainly no strangers to extra inning baseball. Four of their eleven games in 2011 have gone into bonus ball, but on Tuesday night, it was absolutely worth it.
Alexei Ramirez came to the plate in the 10th inning with nobody on and one thought in his mind. He had already hit one home run in the game, but the wiry-thin SS wanted to hit one more and send his team home. He unloaded on a fastball from reliever Bobby Cramer, and sure enough, that was that. It was his third, and most important, home run of the season. The Sox improved to 7-4, and 2-2 in extra inning games.
The bullpen, a cause for recent stress due mainly to Closer Matt Thornton’s three blown saves in as many tries, was solid in the later innings. Sergio Santos and Chris Sale combined for 4 scoreless innings, 1 hit, 1 walk and 5 K’s.
Adam Dunn, back for the first time since having his appendix removed, was 1-for-4 with a walk and 2 K’s.