White Sox 2, Royals 1 (11 innings): The Will to Win in spite of themselves

Ed Zurga

Jordan Danks' second career homer is just as meaningful as his first, helping his team avoid a sweep in Kansas City

I only saw the beginning and end of this game, following it on Twitter in between, so I'll present the bullet points. Please fill in the gaps.

*Two pitches after Alex Rios was cut down stealing for the White Sox's fourth out on the basepaths this afternoon, Jordan Danks turned on a grooved 97-mph fastball by Kelvin Herrera and belted it 413 feet to right-center for a solo shot. It's the second of his career, and both have been game-winners.

*Danks redeemed himself for his earlier pinch-running blunder in the ninth. The Sox loaded the bases on three singles off closer Greg Holland, but Paul Konerko grounded into a 1-2-3 double play. Alexei Ramirez picked him up with a single up the middle, but Chris Getz was able to keep it from getting to the outfield. One run scored to tie the game, and Joe McEwing wanted to test Getz's composure by waving Danks. But Danks checked himself for some reason, and then wrecked himself by getting caught well off third base. A rundown ended the inning, and Hawk Harrelson almost threw himself out of the booth.

*Dewayne Wise was picked off after a single, and then was thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double (he made it safely, but ended up sliding through and past the bag).

*Ramirez's game-tying single helped erased the sting of a long "foul" ball he hit off James Shields that could've given the Sox a 2-1 lead in the seventh. It was ruled a foul, and even though its landing spot suggested that it stayed inside the pole, there wasn't conclusive evidence from the awful camera angles to overturn it. Ramirez struck out.

*Shields threw eight shutout innings, and only allowed two hits. Wise ended his no-hit bid in the sixth with a single that a diving Jeff Francoeur couldn't catch.

*Chris Sale was almost as good, which was a minor miracle after his first inning. He allowed a run via a Billy Butler double, and the Royals fouled off roughly a billion pitches. He ended up needing 36 to get through one, but ended up lasting 7⅓ innings. He allowed just six hits and didn't walk anybody while striking out five, and he retired 15 in a row at one point.

*The Sox played errorless ball in the field, and Conor Gillaspie made a terrific diving stab to rob Alcides Escobar of a hit.

*The bullpen made it easy on Robin Ventura, or Robin Ventura made it easy on the bullpen. Matt Lindstrom, Matt Thornton, Jesse Crain and Addison Reed didn't walk anybody, and all completed the innings they started (with Thornton working around a leadoff single and a bad feed on a potential 1-6-3 double play).

*Getz went 0-for-4 with a strikeout, with Crain retiring him via groundout in the 10th inning. I feel that is worth noting.

Record: 13-17 | Box score | Play-by-play | Highlights

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