The White Sox chose a great time to regain their power.
AfterConor Gillaspie’ssecond-inning home run was the White Sox’s first since April 22,Melky Cabrera’sthree-run homer offJoba Chamberlainwith two outs in the bottom of the eighth tied the game at 6. Later in the inning,Avisail Garcia’ssingle gave the Sox the lead in their 7-6 winWednesday over the Detroit Tigers.
David Robertsonconverted the save to give the Sox a win on a night when their home run stroke returned.
“We keep talking about the offense eventually putting it together,”Robin Venturasaid. “It’s been sputtering for a little while and not really a whole lot of home runs and things like that but they continue to grind and realize it’s going to be there.”
Usually,Chris Saleputs it together but he didn’t Wednesday.
Sale struggled for the second straight outing, allowing five runs, five walks, seven hits andVictor Martinez’shomer in 5 1/3 innings. The five walks tied a career high.
“It’s just a process,” Sale said. “You’re going to have good ones, you’re going to have bad ones. You’re going to have a few good ones in a row, you’re going to have a few bad ones in a row.”
The Sox defense had one of its better games and it made one of its better plays in the ninth inning to help preserve the win.
With one out, the Tigers’James McCannsingled to right, advancingAndrew Romineto third. But McCann strayed off first and Garcia’s relay hit cut-off manAlexei Ramirez, whothrew behind him to first where McCann was tagged for the second out.
Robertson then gotJose Iglesiasto ground out and end the game.
RelieverNate Jonesmight be inching closer to returning to the White Sox bullpen.
Jones said he’s scheduled to throw a side session Friday in Chicago. The fact he’s doing even that is a positive step for Jones, who dealt with back problems last season before undergoing Tommy John surgery on July 29.
“I was telling somebody earlier it’s like I’m finally seeing a little bit of the light,” Jones said. “I’m trying not to get too far ahead of myself, but I’ve been throwing off the mound without pain and that’s a huge accomplishment from last year.”
Before suffering his injuries, Jones was establishing himself as a pivotal member of the Sox bullpen. He made 135 appearances over his first two seasons but only two last year, leaving a hole in the Sox relief corps.
Clearly, Jones is eager to return. For him, the hardest part of the rehab is the mental part and “not being with the team most of the time and having to watch the games on TV and whatnot and not being able to be a part of the camaraderie that we have here.”
RelieverJavy Guerrawas designated for assignment after the Soxreturned him from his rehab stint at Triple-A Charlotte and reinstated him from the 15-day disabled list. Guerra had been on the disabled list since April 20 (retroactive to April 13) with right shoulder inflammation.
On Tuesday, general managerRick Hahnsaid relieverMatt Albersunderwent surgery last week to insert pins in his right pinkie finger that was broken during the April 23 brawl with Kansas City. Albers will be out 6-8 weeks.