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Friday, April 26, 2013
Three Gs pay off for White Sox

By Doug Padilla

CHICAGO -- The little-used Chicago White Sox bench stirred the pot Friday, raising the energy and carrying the team to its first three-game win streak of the season.

Hector Gimenez, Tyler Greene and Conor Gillaspie were insurance policies that paid big dividends Friday, with each hitting a home to rally the White Sox to a 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

Hector Gimenez
Hector Gimenez hit one of three White Sox homers in Friday's win.
Trailing 3-0 after starter Jake Peavy gave up two home runs, Gimenez’s first major-league shot got the White Sox to within a run in the fifth inning, while Greene hit a two-run blast later in the inning for the lead. Gillaspie hit his an inning later and it turned out to be the deciding run.

“Well there’s also energy when you get guys who get a shot and you put them in there,” manager Robin Ventura said. “There always seems to be energy and that’s one thing that Hector Gimenez brings when he comes in there. He has energy and he’s ready to go no matter what and I think Tyler had that today, even Jordan (Danks). It’s good when you have guys that get their shot and take advantage.”

Gimenez was playing to give Tyler Flowers a break, but everybody else was in there to cover for injuries. Gillaspie has been playing ever since Gordon Beckham broke a bone in his hand earlier this month. Green was in for Jeff Keppinger, who was dealing with back spasms, while Danks played for Dewayne Wise, who was a late scratch with a stiff neck.

Danks might not have delivered on offense, but he also showed that he was willing to bring energy to the party when he crashed into the center field wall trying to run down a deep drive in the ninth inning.

“It’s one of those things that everybody who gets their shot, play hard,” Ventura said. “I know it sounds like it should always be that way but we have guys who are willing to go out there and play.”

Gimenez might be quiet and reserved, but he drops his guard on the field. He not only showed his excitement after his home run, he pumped his fist when Addison Reed closed out the victory with strikeout.

“It's all about team effort,” Gimenez said. “We are here to play and to look for wins. It's not about me; it's not somebody else. It's all about the whole team. As long as we win, we're all happy.”

Even the occasion of his first career major league home run couldn't break him from his team theme.

“I'm very excited but like I said, I’m very happy because we won the game,” he said. “That’s more important for me.”

Greene, the former first-round pick of the St. Louis Cardinals who was cut loose by the Houston Astros toward the end of spring training, knows what kind of lift a bench can bring.

“I think it was a great effort all around,” he said. “We're all pulling for each other; we're all trying to do our best for a team win. Especially when you're able to come back like that for a guy like Peavy, a bulldog, that’s huge.”