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White Sox 9, Mariners 3: Charlotte Knights lead way to sweep

Adam Dunn watches his replacement receive congratulations after his three-run homer.
Adam Dunn watches his replacement receive congratulations after his three-run homer.

In Dayan Viciedo's first at-bat, he dropped a bloop single in front of Franklin Gutierrez.

In his second at-bat, he blasted a three-run homer.

In his third at-bat, he drew a walk.

In his fourth at-bat, he struck out on a massive hack.

His promotion was long overdue, and so Jackin' Dayan was kind enough to provide us with The Viciedo Experience. All he was missing was a walrus flop in right; he handled both flies that came his way in a routine fashion.

The second at-bat got everybody talking. Viciedo came to the plate with one out in the top of the fourth, and smashed Jason Vargas' 0-1 fastball over the wall, just right of center. That gave the Sox a 3-0 lead, and gave an effective Gavin Floyd the cushion he needed to cruise.

Tyler Flowers did Viciedo one better in the fifth. Paul Konerko and Alex Rios singled to start the inning, and after an Alexei Ramirez popout, Viciedo drew a walk to load the bases. Flowers then jumped on the first pitch he saw -- a grooved fastball -- and turned it into the White Sox's first grand slam of the season over Trayvon Robinson's head in left.

The White Sox led 7-0, and Brent Lillibridge and Konerko tacked on RBI singles to give the Sox a six-run fifth.

Floyd had the game under control. He had all his pitches working, he didn't walk anybody, and when he needed some defensive help, he got it. Gordon Beckham's range was put to the test, as he made a few nice plays to his left that could've gone for singles. Floyd, too, made a nice play on a swinging bunt.

He carried a shutout into the eighth, but Tyler Flowers let a leadoff strike three go right through the wickets. That put a runner on, and Josh Bard followed with a two-run homer off the right-field foul pole to spoil the bid.


*Paul Konerko went 3-for-4, and Gordon Beckham went 2-for-4, to go along with his great defense.

*The last time the White Sox went a full season without a grand slam was 1980.

Record: 66-65 | Box score | Play-by-play