It was Kevan Smith, with a homer and a double in two trips to the plate, who took the game MVP with a .245 WPA. Star hurler Reynaldo López clocked in second, with a .210 WPA.
López has given up two runs in four starts this September.
Daniel Palka’s pinch-hit, two-run home run batting for Smith in the sixth inning was his fourth pinch homer of the year, setting a new Chicago White Sox record.
Per Chris Kamka, López’s start today was his fifth straight of at least six innings pitched and one or less runs allowed. The last White Sox pitcher to match that achievement was Eric King, in 1989.
The 19 hits on Friday are the most for the White Sox this season. The previous high was 18, vs. the Seattle Mariners on April 23.
Smith’s three-run homer to left-center in the second inning, providing the game-winning RBI and a 3-1 lead, was launched 438 feet into the Sox Park jet stream, the longest clout of Smith’s career.