With two outs in the top of the seventh inning, the bases loaded and the Chicago White Sox trailing the Detroit Tigers by two runs, rookie infielder Marcus Semien hit his third home run of the 2014 season, a grand slam that barely cleared the wall and pushed Chicago past Detroit and towards a 6-4 victory.
Semien’s slam, and the fact that he’s a collective 8-for-19 with eight RBI in his last four games, make a strong case for him to stay with the White Sox when starting second baseman Gordon Beckham returns sometime this weekend. The White Sox will need to send someone, probably a position player, back down to the minors to make room for Beckham. With a recent rash of injuries hitting the pitching staff and outfield, demoting an infielder makes the most sense.
Before the late rally, the White Sox trailed for most of the game, despite getting on the board first. For the second game in a row, Jose Abreu kickstarted Chicago’s offense in the first inning, hitting his second first-inning home run in the past two games. With seven longballs on the season, Abreu now has the most career home runs in his first 22 games in White Sox history, one more than the six Zeke Bonura hit back in 1934.
Winning this game, the third of a four-game set in Detroit, was crucial for the White Sox, especially because of the disappointing defeat last night and even more so in the wake of ace Chris Sale’s placement on the DL. With a win tomorrow, the White Sox could split the series, a positive step for a team that went 7-12 against the Tigers last season.