Coming into Saturday’s game, the Chicago White Sox couldn’t have been feeling very positive. Not only had the White Sox lost 10 of their last 11 contests, but they had fallen less than two feet of possibly winning both Thursday and Friday night against the Oakland Athletic’s.
Thursday night, Adam Dunn’s high fly ball to left field was caught right up against the wall to end the game, and last night Conor Gillaspie was robbed of a game-tying homer with one out in the bottom of the 9th.
Thankfully, the South Siders didn’t have to rely on a ninth inning rally, but instead used the bottom of the eigth to score three runs and beat the A’s by a score of 4-1.
The true hero for Chicago in today’s victory was starter John Danks. The lefty pitched eight brilliant innings, allowing just one run on three hits and picked up his first win of 2013. Danks only got better as the game went on, retiring the last 21 hitters he faced.
Today’s outing was the best the 28-year-old starter has looked since returning last month from shoulder surgery. There’s no doubt if the Pale Hose want to make a serious surge and get back over .500 before the All-Star break, they’ll need a healthy and effective Danks, especially with the recent injury to veteran starter Jake Peavy.
Obviously, both the White Sox and Danks still have to show that they can be consistent before Sox fans can get excited about a possible rebound from a very frustrating start to this season. However, a dominating performance like the one from Danks this afternoon could be just the spark Chicago was looking for.