Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Rapid Reaction: White Sox 9, Indians 0
By Bruce Levine
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).