Rapid Reaction: White Sox 9, Indians 0

October, 3, 2012
10/03/12
9:06
PM CT
Levine By Bruce Levine
ESPNChicago.com
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CLEVELAND – Here’s a quick look at the Chicago White Sox’s 9-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday:

HOW IT HAPPENED: Dan Johnson hit three home runs, and Gavin Floyd won his 12th game in the White Sox’s finale. With a lineup of mostly bench players (other than Paul Konerko and Dayan Viciedo), the Sox get off to a quick lead when Johnson hit a two-run home run off of starter David Huff in the second inning. Catcher Hector Gimenez’s RBI single plated a run in the fourth. Konerko added a two-run homer in the fifth inning, his 26th of the season, and Dayan Viciedo hit his 25th homer in the ninth.

WHAT IT MEANS: The Sox finished the season at 85-77, good for second place in the American League Central. At 12-11, Floyd finished with an above-.500 record for the first time since 2008 when he went 17-8. With two hits, Konerko tied Frank Thomas for third place on the Sox’s all-time hit list with 2,136. The Sox set a franchise best .988 fielding average in 2012. Johnson is the 15th Sox player to have a three-homer game.

OUTSIDE THE BOX: GM Kenny Williams said he expects the entire coaching staff to return in 2013. Designated hitter Adam Dunn finished with 221 strikeouts, one shy of Mark Reynolds’ all-time high. Matt Thornton tied his career high for appearances (74).

UP NEXT: Sox Fest on Jan. 25-27.

Bruce Levine | email

Chicago baseball beat reporter
Bruce Levine has covered sports in Chicago for over 28 years and hosts "Talkin' Baseball," heard Saturday mornings on ESPN 1000.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Chris Sale
WINS ERA SO IP
10 1.88 122 110
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Abreu .299
HRJ. Abreu 31
RBIJ. Abreu 83
RJ. Abreu 56
OPSJ. Abreu .981
ERAC. Sale 1.88
SOC. Sale 122