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White Sox Appropriately Halt Losing Streak With Walk-Off On Hawk Harrelson Alarm Clock Night

“You can put it on the board!  Yes!”  On a day where the first 20,000 fans to the ballpark were given Hawk Harrelson alarm clocks, Yolmer Sánchez helped the Chicago White Sox end a six-game losing streak with a walk-off in a 5-4 win over the San Diego Padres.

While it wasn’t a walk-off home run like you would normally hear Hawk call on a homer, it was a walk-off single and put the Sox in the win column for the first time in over a week.  Sánchez’ walk-off coming in the bottom of the ninth to score Tyler Saladino and give the South Siders their first win since Thursday, May 4 when they won the second of a split four-game series at Kansas City.

Like many of the White Sox’s games this year, it didn’t come easy either.  After quickly being down 1-0 on the very first pitch of the ballgame with a leadoff homer from the Padres’ Manuel Margot, the Sox would tie it just a couple of innings later on a solo shot of his own from Avisail Garcia; which was also his tied for team-leading sixth home run.

In a game that had plenty of weird and unusual plays, the Sox got all of the breaks they needed to capture the win.  Whether it was slugger Jose Abreu scoring on three wild pitches in the same Avisail Garcia at-bat in the fourth inning to tie the game at 2-2 or the time or when Saladino avoided the close tag attempt of Austin Hedges by sliding by him for the game-winning run on Sánchez’ walk-off.

“I didn’t feel anything, that’s why I was pumped.  As soon as it got through, Nick Capra was waving me,” Saladino said of his slid into home for the winning run.  “From there it was all out make sure I get there and don’t get touched.”

An inning after Wil Myers had just re-tied the game with a one out solo shot of his own for San Diego in the top of the eighth, Saladino, whose uncanny newfound ability to draw walks this season, started off the bottom of the ninth with his 12th of the season.  Which is only one less than he had all last season.  Leury Garcia moved Saladino over to second on a sacrifice bunt to setup Sánchez’ heroics.

Heroics that can maybe help spark the start of a new winning streak for the Sox.