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Dayan Viciedo breaks through in victory

6/24/2012

CHICAGO -- Chicago White Sox left fielder Dayan Viciedo sensed during Saturday’s batting practice he was gearing up for a good night.

Viciedo couldn’t put a finger on what had changed -- he was hitting .132 with seven hits in June leading up to Saturday -- but something clicked for him, and it paid off in the White Sox’s 8-6 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.

Viciedo broke out of his slump Saturday by going 3-for-4 with two runs, a home run and four RBIs. In the one game, he matched his home run total and doubled his RBI output in the month.

“It feels great,” Viciedo said through a team translator. “I felt good at practice, and practice always translates into games. Once I went on the field, what I did in practice came through, so it’s real big.

“Not anything really [did I change,] but just more so I was more calm at the plate. Just being a lot calmer makes things a little easier.”

Viciedo began the evening with a single to left field to give the White Sox a 1-0 lead in the second inning. He later added a two-run home run to right field to put the White Sox ahead 4-2 in the fourth. He finished his night with a single to centerfield to drive in another run in the sixth inning.

The way Viciedo hit Saturday was what the White Sox witnessed on a regular basis in May. Just last month, he hit .351 with 34 hits, eight home runs and 24 RBIs.

Viciedo ended May with a .291 average, which had dropped to .252 after he went 0-for-3 in Friday’s loss. He was back up to .261 after Saturday’s win.

“It’s been a really tough month, but as far as that affecting my confidence, it doesn’t,” said Viciedo, who has 13 home runs and 34 RBIs this season. “It’s just one of those things. You got to keep going at it, keep practicing and at some point it will turn around.”

White Sox manager Robin Ventura said as much afterward as well.

“He’s battled,” Ventura said. “It’s just one of those things he’s still learning. Big hits for us tonight, I know that.”