Rapid Reaction: White Sox 4, Mariners 3
April, 7, 2013
By Doug Padilla
CHICAGO -- Dayan Viciedo hit a home run in the bottom of the 10th inning Sunday to give the Chicago White Sox a 4-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners.
How it happened: Viciedo’s game-winning shot was only fitting as the game shaped up as a bit of a home run challenge. The Mariners’ Michael Morse and the White Sox’s Adam Dunn traded off two-run home runs in the first inning. The Mariners’ Kendrys Morales hit a solo shot in the sixth, while Alex Rios matched that one inning later. It was Viciedo’s first career game-ending home run. The previous game-ending homer for the White Sox came from Jordan Danks last season.
What it means: If the White Sox showed anything in the opening series it’s that pitching and home run hitting can get it done for stretches. The White Sox will gladly take more pitching, but the consensus is that the offense is going to have to start stringing together hits in order to get consistent run production. The White Sox hit 11 home runs in the season-opening homestand, while giving up four.
Outside the box: The White Sox’s fielding woes are spreading. Gordon Beckham joined the error parade Sunday when he made a wide throw to first base in the eighth inning. It was the White Sox’s seventh error in the first six games. Last season, they led the major leagues by committing just 70 errors the entire season.
Off beat: Alex Rios has been making waves with his hot start. His long ball Sunday gave him home runs in three consecutive games for the first time in his career. On Saturday, when he went deep against Felix Hernandez, it was the first time since 2011 that somebody hit a home run against the Mariners’ ace on an 0-2 count. Adrian Beltre was the last to do it. The White Sox’s Josh Fields did it in 2007.
Up next: After a day off Monday, the White Sox will open a three-game interleague series at Washington against the Nationals. White Sox right-hander Jake Peavy (1-0, 1.50 ERA) will face Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez (1-0, 0.00) in Tuesday’s series opener.