The White Sox 2012 season was one of both excitement and disappointment. The White Sox were not expected to be contenders. It took comeback years by Jake Peavy, Alex Rios and Adam Dunn to boost the White Sox into contention. The mid-season acquisitions of Kevin Youkilis and Brett Myers added to the mix.
The White Sox held onto first place for 117 days. A win over Detroit in a makeup game on September 24 gave the White Sox a three game lead with 16 games left. A 2-10 finish to the season ended hopes of postseason play.
Dunn and Konerko 400th Home Runs Konerko and Dunn became the first teammates to hit their 400th Home Runs in the same season. Konerko’s came at Oakland in a 5-4 14 inning loss on April 25th and Dunn’s came in a 9-4 loss at Kansas City. His home run at the time brought the White Sox within 5-4. The Royals scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth to secure the victory.
Humber perfect game, April 21
Humber is one of the most unlikely players to ever throw a perfect game. He is one of only a handful of pitchers to throw a perfecto to not make an All-Star Appearance. Humber entered the 2012 season with only one full season under his belt.
Humber struck out nine. He retired Brendan Ryan on a dropped third strike with the last out. Fittingly A.J. Pierzynski threw the ball to first base and Paul Konerko recorded the last out for the third perfect game in White Sox history and the second in the last four seasons.
Sadly Humber could not use the perfect game as a launch for a good seasons. He finished the season 5-5 with a 6.44 ERA. After beginning the season as the White Sox fifth starter, he finished the season in the bullpen. He is unlikely to return in 2013.
White Sox Sweep Cubs at Wrigley. May 18-20
The White Sox dominated the Cubs outscoring them 16--2 in the three games. Four of the Cubs six runs came in the bottom of the ninth inning while trailing 7-0.
The series might be remembered more for what happened off the field. Kerry Wood pitched in his last game then left the field to a stand ovation on Friday. John Danks pitched 6 1/3 giving up only three hits, one walk and four strikeouts on Saturday. That proved to be Danks last start of the season. He was shut for the season two months later and required shoulder surgery in August.
In the series finale on Sunday, Jake Peavy and three relievers pitched a five hit shutout to get the White Sox their first sweep at Wrigley since 1999. The Cubs would later win two of three at US Cellular Field.
Sale 15 Strikeouts at Tampa Bay, May 28
Sale fell one strikeout shy of the team record when he punched out the Rays 15 times in a 2-1 White Sox victory. Sale allowed three hits, walked two and just one run in 7.1 innings. Adam Dunn’s two run homerun in the sixth was the difference.
Quintana Gems, Late June, Early July.
After the injury to Danks, it was unknown who would take his spot in the rotation for the remainder of the season. Quintant saved the rotation. He finished the season 6-6 with a 6-6 record and a 3.76 ERA in 136 1/3 innings.
He had a few hard luck losses this season. In back to back starts in June, Quintant pitched eight innings in both starts without allowing a run. The White Sox lost both games, scoring just one run in 1-0, 2-1 losses. Less than a month later the same thing would happen when Quintana pitched eight innings of shutout ball. Addison Reed allowed a three run home run to Cody Ross in the bottom of the ninth inning at Boston.
Youkilis Pays Early Dividends, Late June-Early July
With Brent Morel on the disabled list and Orlando Hudson floundering, Kenny Williams made what many regard as one of the best moves of his tenure. The White Sox acquired popular Red Sox infielder Kevin Youkilis from Boston for Brent Lillibridge and Zach Stewart.
Youkilis paid off early and solidified third base for the remainder of the season. He had several late inning clutch hits. The White Sox won nine of their first 12 games with Youkilis. They expanded their lead in the Al Central at the time from a half game to three games during that span.
In his first homestand, Youkilis went 11-for-23 with three home runs and ten RBIs. He had an eight game stretch in July with Rbi’s in every game.
He would finish the season hitting .236 with 15 home runs and 46 rbis for the White Sox.
Jordan Danks walk off, August 10
With the White Sox and A’s tied 3-3 and two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, Danks hit the White Sox fourth Homerun of the night to give them a 4-3 win. It was the White Sox fourth homerun of the night and capped a comeback from 3-0 down after an inning and a half.
A.J. Pierzynski scores from 1st on infield hit., August 12
Pierzynski singled to leadoff the bottom of the seventh inning against the A’s. Alexei Ramirez hitting behind A.J. grounded out to short. When no one covered third and then home, Pierzynski scampered home with the White Sox seventh run.
Tyler Flowers 2-run HR vs Seattle, August 26
With the White Sox trailing and the 3-2 in the seventh and a steady rain coming down, Flowers hit a two run home run off Mariners starter Kevin Millwood. Two batters later the umpires called a rain delay. After a 1:55 minute delay the game was called and the White Sox had a 4-3 victory to put them up 2.5 games in the AL Central.
Rios’ slide breaks up doubleplay versus Detroit, September 24
With the White Sox trailing Detroit 4-3 with one out in the fifth, Dayan Viciedo hit a ground ball to Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta. Rios slid hard into Tigers second baseman Omar Infante. Infante got the force out at second, but his errant throw to first allowed Adam Dunn to scored the tying run and Paul Konerko to score the the eventual winning run.
The play allowed the White Sox to win and take a three game lead in the division with 16 games remaining. The White sox, at the time, seemed to be in the driver’s seat to capture their first division title and play spot in four years.
Dan Johnson 3 HR Game, October 3
With their fate sealed, the White Sox finished up the season hoping to end the season on a positive note. Dan Johnson had another clutch game in the final game of the season. He entered the game with no home run and one rbi. A year ago Johnson hit a dramatic game tying home run to help send Tampa Bay to the playoffs in the final game of the season. Johnson ended the final game of the 2012 season with three homeruns and five rbi’s in a 9-0 White Sox victory.
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