Chicago White Sox Walk-Off Angels, Beckham Continues to be Dreamy
Scott Podsednik closed out a hard fought game for the White Sox with a walk-off base hit off Kevin Jepsen scoring Jayson Nix to win over the Los Angeles Angles.
Nix was in a 1-2 hole before ripping a hanging slider from Jepsen to the gap with two outs and sliding into second ahead of the throw from Gary Matthews Jr.
Jose Contreras did not even last three innings, walking five, and throwing two wild pitches while giving up three runs off just one hit.
The White Sox bullpen took the ball and went the rest of the way with D.J. Carrasco pitching four innings, Randy Williams pitching two-thirds of an inning, Tony Pena pitching one-third of an inning, and Matt Thornton picking up the win in one-and-one-third innings.
The bullpen gave up just one run on four hits while striking out six, five from Carrasco, and walking two.
The White Sox hopped out to an early two-run lead with solo home runs from Gordon Beckham, who continues to stay hot, and Carlos Quentin, who is (counting tonight) 7-for-22 with three home runs, five RBI, and four runs in his last five games.
Contreras would hand that lead right back to the Angels, walking four, throwing two wild pitches, and giving up three runs off one hit in the top of the third inning.
White Sox would tie the game in the bottom half of the inning thanks to a Chone Figgins error on a guaranteed double play ball by Jim Thome and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Paul Konerko.
The only bump in the road for the White Sox bullpen would occur in the top of the fifth inning when Carrasco walked Figgins, gave up a single to the hot-hitting Maicer Izuturis, which was then followed by a Bobby Abreu sacrifice fly.
Beckham, who was just named AL Rookie of the Month, counting tonight, is 17-for-40 with three home runs, 12 RBI, and six runs in his last 10 games.
His 12th RBI would come with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to score Podsednik, who reached on a bunt double (yes, it was a bunt that went over Chone Figgins head and into right field), to tie the game.
Good news for Angels fans is John Lackey went eight innings giving up just three earned runs off five hits while striking out seven and walking just two.
Bad news for White Sox fans is Contreras has given up 14 earned runs in his last 19-and-one-third innings pitched walking 15 during that time period.
Gavin Floyd squares off against 22-year-old impressive rookie Sean O'Sullivan tomorrow night.
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