White Sox-Athletics: John Danks Comes Through in the Clutch For Chicago

Josh WarrenCorrespondent IAugust 16, 2008

The White Sox have always had trouble in the past when dealing with the Oakland Athletics, with just one exception; John Danks.

The young southpaw kept up his recent success against Oakland, winning his fourth of all four starts against the Athletics. While it's hard to overlook such outstanding success for the emerging pitcher, the greater importance of the victory is that it kept the Sox in a tie for first place, keeping them just neck and neck with Minnesota.

Danks got himself into trouble more than once in his outing, loading the bases in the second and third innings, but he only allowed a single run across his total six. He walked a career high five batters, but struck out five to compensate for his wildness.

The bullpen also repented for their run-allowing sins, inspired not to let another victory slip out of their grasp. D.J. Carassco and Matt Thornton picked up holds, each one working a full inning, before Bobby Jenks came on in the ninth inning, pitching perfectly en route to his 25th save on the year.

The White Sox brought plenty of hits along to the party, racking up 11 on the day, but they only managed to score two runs with all the sparks that they provided. Once again, the Sox showed that they need to hit in the clutch more often if they're going to stay atop the AL Central division. The entire team needs to be in full gear to pick up a win on Sunday, and keep the team in first place.