Beckham pulls off triple double in victory

September, 20, 2011
9/20/11
10:44
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
ESPNChicago.com
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CLEVELAND -- The latest offensive revival from the Chicago White Sox came from Gordon Beckham, who doubled three times in the second game of Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Cleveland Indians.

That came hours after Adam Dunn had two doubles in the first game to give him back-to-back multi-hit games for the first time this season.

It’s obviously too late for the production from both to matter, and then come the questions about all of a sudden being able to hit when there is no pressure remaining. The White Sox were eliminated from playoff contention officially last week.

Beckham has the first three-double game of his career and the first one from a White Sox player since Aaron Rowand in 2005.

“It’s just one of those days,” Beckham said. “It’s one of those days I’ve been searching for and unfortunately it comes with nine or whatever games left we have. It was a good day for me personally and I’m glad we came back and won that game. We showed some fight and it was good.”

The White Sox trailed 4-0 in the second game before they rallied for the 5-4 victory. Beckham had a double in the seventh inning and scored the eventual game-winning run. He also had an RBI double in the fifth inning.

His revival actually started in the previous series at Kansas City, although it wasn’t as dramatic. He had three hits and four walks in that series, scoring three runs in Friday’s game against the Royals.

“Right when we need it, he got a couple of big hits,” manager Ozzie Guillen said. “He got a few doubles. You see when the bottom of the lineup helps, it’s easy to score more runs. We are not relying on the top of the lineup or [Paul Konerko].

“It’s nice to see this kid swing the bat the way he did today. He was kind of worrying and kind of down the last couple of days. It’s nice to see him come around with those hits. Hopefully, at least for his spirits, he will come up and finish up strong. But he was very down, and we are all glad he got those hits.”

Doug Padilla

Chicago White Sox beat reporter
Doug joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covers the Chicago White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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