It was Daniel Palka’s home run, not Matt Davidson’s, that accounted for the most WPA, earning the masher the game MVP (.371 WPA). In fact, Davidson (.256 WPA) didn’t even finish in the top three in MVP consideration for the game: Second was Victor Martinez (.288 WPA), who homered in the top of the ninth for the presumed game-winner, while third was Reynaldo López (.268 WPA), who authored a brilliant, 71 game score outing.
With Monday’s win, the White Sox are 14-6 (.700) over their past 20 games, second-best in baseball behind the 14-5 Tampa Bay Rays.
Ryan Cordell made his major league debut in the ninth inning, and scored the game-winning run on Davidson’s game-ending home run.
When Palka stepped to the plate in the ninth, the White Sox trailed 2-1, and had a 20.4% chance of winning the game. After his homer to tie the game 2-2, Chicago’s win expectancy had soared to 64%.
Palka, home run-hitting machine, tied the game in the bottom of the ninth with another smash. It was Palka’s 21st home run of the season, leaving him one short of the White Sox’s rookie record (22) for lefties, set by Pete Ward in 1963.