With one out in the bottom of the 10th inning, Chicago White Sox left fielder Dayan Viciedo launched a solo home run into the left field stands to give the Sox a 4-3 walk off victory over the Seattle Mariners.
The White Sox went 4-2 in the first week of the 2013 MLB season. There are plenty of guys who you could say shined brightest for the South Siders in their first two series of the year. Alex Rios, who hit his third home run of the season this afternoon, was extremely important in all four of the Sox wins this week. Although he didn’t get a decision in today’s contest, lefty Chris Sale could also make a case for being the White Sox MVP through their first six games. However, closer Addison Reed gets my nod for the best start to 2013.
Reed came into today’s game in the 10th, and although he allowed two base runners, Reed was able to strike out outfielder Michael Morse to end the top of the frame. Reed picked up the win this afternoon, which makes the 24-year-old 1-0 on the young season. Reed’s first victory of the year capped off a terrific week for the Sox closer. The right-hander allowed no runs in his four innings of work this week, and he also recorded three saves.
Coming into the 2013 season, Reed was looking to improve on a very successful rookie campaign. Now, after watching him pitch this week, it seems as if the closer is even more dominant than a year ago. By using his nasty off speed pitches more effectively, Reed looked almost unhittable in his first four outings. If the Sox can continue to give him save opportunities, Reed has the talent and mindset to lead the entire league in saves this year.
Overall, the White Sox should be very pleased with their 4-2 start. The Sox are beginning to look like a squad who just finds ways to win ballgames. After an off day tomorrow, the Pale Hose will travel to our nation’s capital to battle the Washington Nationals in a three-game series.