Dodgers-White Sox: Chicago Plays Long Ball, Downs LA, 10-7

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Dodgers-White Sox: Chicago Plays Long Ball, Downs LA, 10-7

The Chicago White Sox (34-37) looked like they were playing on a little league field on Wednesday night, hitting six home runs in the first five innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers (47-25).

The Sox slugged their way to victory in a game when all 10 of their runs came via the long ball. Their six home runs were the second most in franchise history; Chicago did it last on Jun. 8, 2004. 

Dodgers starter Randy Wolf (3-3) labored through three-and-a-third innings and gave up three of the six long balls. He allowed five runs on seven hits.

Alexei Ramirez got the home run derby started in the first inning when he turned around a high fastball and gave the Sox a 1-0 lead.

Chicago kept the pressure on Wolf, with the next three batters reaching base. Brian Anderson rolled into a 5-4-3 double play to end the threat and avoid a potentially disastrous first inning.

The Dodgers were able to bounce back in the second against White Sox righty Gavin Floyd to score three runs in the inning.

Floyd issued a leadoff walk to Casey Blake, and one out later Mark Loretta was able to even the count at one by slapping an RBI single over first base and into right field.

James Loney then walked after a long 12-pitch at-bat in which Loney fouled off seven pitches.

A Gordon Beckham error loaded the bases for Matt Kemp, setting up an AJ Pierzynski passed ball that scored Loretta. Another error, this time by the shortstop Ramirez, let the Dodgers score another unearned run and take a 3-1 lead.

The three runs were the only slip up for Floyd (5-5) on an otherwise well-pitched night. In six innings of work, he surrendered just one earned run, lowering his ERA at home to 2.55—compared to a 6.86 road ERA.

But the Sox showed some resiliency and bounced back strong after an inning filled with gaffs.

Wolf couldn’t find the strike zone at the beginning of the third and fourth innings, walking the leadoff batter in each.

In the third, Jermaine Dye capitalized by belting a Wolf offering into the left field bleachers for a two-run home run. The blast was his 16th home run of the season and erased the Dodgers’ lead to tie the game, 3-3.

In the fourth, Josh Fields hit his first of two home runs on the night, a towering two-run blast that barely reached the bleachers in left field and gave the Sox a 5-3 lead.

Fields went 3-4 on the night after entering the game hitless in his past 16 at-bats.

The shot chased Wolf from the game, and from there on out things only got worse for Dodger pitchers.

The Sox exploded in the fifth inning for three more home runs, five runs in the inning total, and ballooned the lead to 10-3.

The Dodgers wouldn’t go away, though.

They got one back in the seventh with an Orlando Hudson sacrifice fly, and then a Matt Kemp two-out, three-run home run in the eighth to bring them back into the game at 10-7.

That would be as close as the Blue Crew got. White Sox closer Bobby Jenks came on and retired the Dodgers one-two-three in the ninth inning for his 18th save of the season.

 

 

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Other Notes from Wednesday Night

Can’t Keep ‘Em in the Yard

The White Sox slugged six home runs in the game, the most the Dodgers have given up since Aug. 2, 2001.

The six home runs for the Sox also tied them for most home runs by a team in a game this season. The Indians and Rays also hit six, and both did so at the new Yankee Stadium.

 

Welcome Back to the Show

RHP James McDonald got into a game for the first time since being recalled earlier in the week from triple-A Albuquerque. He was taken deep by Josh Fields, but retired the last five White Sox batters he faced.

On the night, he went two-and-two-third innings, giving up one run on two hits and striking out three.

 

This Date in Dodgers’ History

On Jun. 24, 1955, Sandy Koufax made his Major League debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Koufax came out of the bullpen and gave up a leadoff single to Milwaukee’s Johnny Logan.

Koufax would settle down, pitching two scoreless innings. He also recorded his first strikeout in the majors when he fanned Bobby Thomsen.

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