Lefty Leesman will be fifth left-hander in White Sox’ rotation
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Staff Reporter August 7, 2013 10:28PM
Chicago White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham fields a ground ball from New York Yankees' Brett Gardner, but is unable to throw him out at first during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Updated: September 9, 2013 3:01PM
The Sox rallied twice to defeat the New York Yankees 6-5 on Wednesday night, completing an improbable three-game sweep on Alejandro De Aza’s two-run triple against Adam Warren in the 12th inning at U.S. Cellular Field.
With two out in the ninth, pinch-hitter Adam Dunn scored Gordon Beckham with the tying run by punching a single to left on an 0-2 count against all-time saves leader Mariano Rivera.
Robinson Cano’s homer against Dylan Axelrod in the top of the 12th broke a 4-all tie. It looked like it would hold up when Warren retired the first two Sox in the bottom of the inning, but Tyler Flowers reached on an infield single and Alexei Ramirez kept the inning going with his third hit of the night. Ramirez slid headfirst into home with the winning run.
“Just a great win. It was fun,’’ said Beckham, who homered against CC Sabathia in the fifth. “It was like ‘here we go again, claw our way back in the game just to lose it in the 12th,’ but De Aza came up big.’’
The Sox, who had lost 10 straight before the series, won three in a row for the first time since June 8-10.
Leesman gets the call
Left-hander Charlie Leesman will be called up from Class AAA Charlotte to face the Minnesota Twins in the second game of the day-night doubleheader Friday.
Leesman, who is 3-1 with a 3.47 ERA at Charlotte, was 12-10 with a 2.57 ERA at AA Birmingham last season before he tore his left ACL in September.
With Rivera receiving deserved tributes from city to city in his baseball farewell tour, Paul Konerko was asked if that’s how he’d like to go out.
‘‘Someone told a story the other day about someone who kind of went that route, announced it and all that, and no one cared,’’ he said. “So you have to be careful about all that stuff. You don’t want to be that guy. He expected to get gifts in every city he went to and got nothing. I might steer toward the other one.’’