Jordan Danks’ 11th-inning home run gives White Sox 2-1 win over Royals
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN firstname.lastname@example.org May 6, 2013 5:37PM
KANSAS CITY, MO - MAY 6: Jordan Danks #20 of the Chicago White Sox hits a home run against the Kansas City Royals in the 11th inning at Kauffman Stadium on May 6, 2013 in Kansas City, Missouri. The White Sox won 2-1 in 11 innings. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
Updated: May 6, 2013 10:13PM
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- After making a baserunning mistake -- as a pinch runner, no less -- that may have cost his team a run, Jordan Danks homered in the 11th inning off Kelvin Herrera to give the White Sox a needed 2-1 victory against the Kansas City Royals.
A day after his first blown save, Addison Reed pitched a perfect 11th inning for his 11th save in 12 chances for the Sox (13-17), who avoided a three-game sweep against their AL Central Division rival.
In a season that has already seen its fill of bad losses, this one had tough loss written all over it after the Sox made three baserunning gaffes, including two by Danks. Danks went into the game as a runner for Dunn and hit in Dunn’s place when he homered, his first of the season.
James Shields handcuffed the Sox on two hits over eight innings, and the Royals made an RBI double by Billy Butler in the first inning hold up until the ninth inning.
The Sox loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth against Royals closer Greg Holland, but Paul Konerko rapped into a pitcher-to-home-to-first double play. Conor Gillaspie was intentionally walked to re-load the bases, and Alexei Ramirez hit a ball up the middle that second baseman Chris Getz bobbled behind the bag trying to get a game-ending force out at second. Third base coach Joe McEwing was waving pinch runner Danks home but Danks pulled up after making a wide turn and was caught in a rundown to end the inning, the Sox second baserunning blunder of the game.
It was one of a series of baserunning mistakes for the Sox. Wise was picked off first by Shields, and Wise over-slid second base after hustling out a double to right field in the 10th inning.
After allowing five baserunners in the first two innings, Sale retired 15 Royals in a row in one stretch. Sale allowed six hits and walked none while striking out five over 7 1/3 innings. He matched his career high by throwing 119 pitches.
Against Shields, the Sox managed a single by Wise in the sixth inning and a single by Gillaspie in the seventh. Wise walked in the eighth but that’s when he was picked off.
The Sox thought Ramirez had a two-run homer that flew above the left field fole pole in seventh. The umpires reviewed it and manager Robin Ventura re-argued his case after the review before Ramirez completed the at-bat with a strikeout. Television replays were inconclusive.