Note to self: Don't give up on the White Sox too early in the game. They have made comebacks time and time again. It doesn't mean they'll do it every time, but there's always a chance.
Having witnessed so many Yankee wallopings of the Sox over the years, I admit that my first tendency last night was to lose patience early with visions of another debilitating defeat. Making matters worse was my frustration with Gavin Floyd and his inability to get out of the third inning.
"C'mon Floyd," I muttered to myself. "You're a major league pitcher. You can do this. You've done this. Just get the ball over the plate." No such luck. In 2 1/3 innings, Floyd surrendered three runs, five hits, allowed five walks and hit a batter. In relief of Floyd, Hector Santiago came on and gave up another three runs, another four hits and another three walks.
Despite the performances of Floyd and Santiago, my spirits went up and blood pressure went down as the South Siders put a five spot on the scoreboard in the fifith to go ahead, 5-3. Even after the Yankees scored three in the top of the sixth to take a 6-5 lead, I had a good feeling that the best was yet to come.
Three homers and four runs later (Gordon Beckham in the sixth, Alexei Ramirez with a two-run shot in the seventh and Adam Dunn in the eighth), my intuition proved to be correct as the Sox came away with the 9-6 victory. Addison Reed put the finishing touches on the comeback win with his club rookie record 22nd save.
Sox Notes of Note: It looks like Alejandro De Aza will officially be put on the 15-day disabled list today because of the bad back. Jordan Danks, who hasn't seen any major league action since his dramatic walk-off homer on August 10, will replace him on the 25-man roster...One of the most satisfying moments of the game last night was the fact that the disappointing Matt Thornton came on in the eighth in relief of winning pitcher Brett Myers with a two-run lead and retired the 3-4-5 hitters--Robinson Cano, Mark Teixeria and Curtis Granderson--in order. Whew...With the Tigers idle, the Sox boosted their division lead to two games.