This was a weird game to watch.
For starters, the White Sox were gift wrapped 2 runs in the second inning when Red Sox first basemen Mike Napoli fumbled a Dayan Viciedo grounder with the bases loaded. The error allowed Adam Dunn to score and Napoli couldn't even manage beating out a jogging Viciedo to first. Red Sox starter Brandon Workman was able to get Alejandro De Aza to ground into a 4-6-3 double play, but Alexei Ramirez scored making it 2-0. If only had Napoli made the play, Workman would have worked out of the bases loaded jam and momentum would have been on Boston's side.
Leading 3-0 in the fifth inning, John Danks extended the scoreless streak to 22 innings for the White Sox pitching staff. He had escaped the bottom of the fourth inning leaving the bases loaded after a snazzy play by Tyler Flowers on Mookie Betts chopper in front of home plate. However, Boston would bust out the boom sticks in the bottom half of the fifth frame unleashing 5 hits off Danks. Starting with Brock Holt's triple, the scoreless streak snapped when Dustin Pedroia lined a double down the left field line, making it 3-1.
Luckily the game was at Fenway and not at U.S. Cellular Field, because in the very next at bat David Ortiz launched a change up to the triangle in center field. Adam Eaton had enough room to make the play, but Pedroia advanced to third. If the game was in Chicago, it would have been a Home Run and the game would have been tied. The hit parade would continue for the Red Sox as Napoli and Xander Bogaerts knocked in runs to tie it 3-3 to capture the momentum.
There are many quirks to Fenway. The Green Monster, the triangle in center field, and Pesky's Pole in right field. Only fitting that it would come into play in the top of the 6th. After Jose Abreu singled to start the inning, with two outs Conor Gillaspie fly ball to right wrapped around the pole for his 2nd home run of the season and giving the White Sox a lead they would not relinquish.
For the final weird item of the night, Ronald Belisario pitched 2 1/3 innings only giving up one hit, striking out two, and walking none. A good weird feeling that hopefully will continue for "Bella" in future performances.
- Conor Gillaspie was a triple short of the cycle
- Paul Konerko made an appearance in the 9th, pinch hitting for Adam Dunn and delivering with a RBI double.
- Tyler Flowers continues to ride the struggle bus offensively, going 0-4 with 3 strikeouts, dropping his batting average to .219.