Sunday, August 25, 2013
Brotherly love guides another Sox win
By Doug Padilla
Alejandro De Aza, Leury Garcia and Jordan Danks celebrate after the Sox's 5-2 victory on Sunday.
CHICAGO -- The White Sox are playing so free and easy now they have to dig deep into the archives to find the historic nature of their accomplishments.
During their eighth victory over the past nine games, a 5-2 triumph over the Texas Rangers on Sunday, brothers John and Jordan Danks gave fans in both television markets something to marvel over.
They do things big in Texas, so the Lone Star State native Danks brothers obliged.
Jordan Danks hit a fourth-inning home run in support of John, who was on the mound, making it the first time nearly 60 years in Major League Baseball history that one sibling has gone deep to help the other. The last time it occurred was in 1955 when the Kansas City A’s Billy Schantz hit a home run in support of Bobby Schantz.
Making the accomplishment complete was the fact that John Danks gave up two runs over six innings to earn the victory.
“I think it’s pretty cool,” Jordan Danks said. “Anytime I’m able to come into the game, especially when John’s pitching, I definitely want to do something cool. I wasn’t trying to hit a home run there but I ended up running into one. It was a very cool feeling.”
John Danks got the win on Sunday, allowing two runs in six innings.
The only reason Jordan Danks was even in the game was because Avisail Garcia had his day cut short when he ran into the chain-link right-field fence chasing what ultimately was a home run by Jeff Baker. Two separate tests ruled out a concussion and Garcia is day to day.
“Obviously we hope Avi's OK and I went and apologized to him for letting them hit the ball that hard out there to him,” John Danks said. “That (Jordan Danks home run) was fun to see, though. Obviously, it's a little extra special that it was Jordan. For us to score two and we give two right back, it kind of took the wind out of our sails a little bit and he picked us up. It was a big boost to us and like I said, it's extra special that it was Jordan.”
Jordan Danks has shown a penchant for delivering with his brother on the mound. When John Danks made a Mother’s Day rehab start down at Triple-A Charlotte earlier this year, Jordan Danks had two hits and three RBIs.
“I mentioned that earlier that when I was talking to my mother on the phone that if I can get into the game when John’s pitching, good things always happen,” Jordan Danks said. “I don’t know. The bat just seems to find the ball. Like I said, good things happen. That and I don’t want him to yell at me.”
John Danks was asked about that intimidation factor he must use to make his younger brother perform.
“I've warned him,” John Danks said. “He better catch everything that comes his way and pick me up at the plate. No, Jordan's a good ballplayer. He's getting some consistent at-bats and we're seeing what he can do. It's fun to see your little brother have a little success in the big leagues.”
Success hasn’t just been limited to the Danks brothers. The White Sox won their fourth consecutive series, beating first-place teams in two of them. They not only knocked off the Rangers this weekend, they got the best of the Detroit Tigers at the end of the last homestand. In fact they have won five of their last six series starting with a sweep of the New York Yankees to open the last homestand.
Since Aug. 5, the White Sox are 14-6, a far cry from the club that lost 10 consecutive games and 13 of 14 immediately before that date.
“When I got here (July 5), the whole trade deadline was looming over everybody and I think just the uncertainty floating around in the clubhouse can do a little bit to your psyche and how you approach the game,” said rookie Josh Phegley, who followed his game-ending single Saturday with a home run Sunday. “Nobody knew what was going to happen. That’s past. We’re practically eliminated from the playoffs so there’s zero pressure. Guys are just out there playing and we’re just going to ride this flow as long as we can.”