This would've been a pretty sweet game for White Sox fans even if Dayan Viciedo didn't walk it off against Glen Perkins to win it. It offered everything White Sox fans should want to see in September, and the shortcomings could be shrugged away.
For instance, Jose Abreu reached the 100-RBI mark with a fifth-inning solo shot off Logan Darnell, who challenged him with two behind-in-the-count fastballs and lost on the second one. But Abreu wasn't done -- he also drew two walks, including a 14-pitch battle with Perkins that put the tying run on base in the ninth.
Or how about Avisail Garcia? He crushed a hanging Darnell changeup to left in the first inning for a three-run homer in the first inning, giving Scott Carroll a bit of a reprieve after he gave up four in the top of the inning. He added a single, a walk and a stolen base for a productive 2-for-4 night.
Marcus Semien followed his big double in Game 1 with a 2-for-5 game out of the leadoff spot. He greeted Darnell with a double and put that first-inning crooked number in motion.
Then there was Conor Gillaspie, who showcased his worth as a bench bat by delivering a game-tying pinch-hit single in the seventh
That's a lot of enjoyable production from players who could use nice finishes, so the fact that Carroll gave up four runs in the first inning, or Daniel Webb gave up a solo homer, or Eric Surkamp was charged with the tying run thanks mostly to a misplay between Leury Garcia and Michael Taylor in left center while Jake Petricka was on the mound.
(Hell, that misplay was worth it, because it resulted in Aaron Hicks and Chris Parmalee standing around third base at the same time. Both runners were at fault, but Hicks' role was more inexplicable, since he didn't score from second on a drive to the wall in left center.)
But Viciedo decided to turn a heartening loss into a win instead. After Abreu wore out Perkins for the walk, Avisail Garcia replaced him with a fielder's choice to bring Viciedo to the plate. Like Abreu, Viciedo wouldn't allow Perkins to strike him out, starting behind 0-2 before working the count full.
On the eighth pitch, the Minnesota lefty came at him with a fastball, and Viciedo was ready, turning on it and lining a no-doubter well into the seats in left to kill Perkins.
Viciedo threw his bat emphatically, perhaps because a Jared Burton running fastball ran into Viciedo's sternum for an especially painful HBP a couple innings earlier. Twins pitchers plunked three White Sox during the doubleheader, but Viciedo's walk-off probably makes further retaliation unnecessary for now.