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Anderson's mad dash completes comeback

September 28, 2017

CHICAGO -- Tim Anderson burned the Angels with his speed on Thursday night, scoring the go-ahead run from first base to cap the White Sox's three-run rally in the eighth inning, which propelled Chicago to a 5-4 win in its home finale at Guaranteed Rate Field.Down 4-2, the White Sox

CHICAGO -- Tim Anderson burned the Angels with his speed on Thursday night, scoring the go-ahead run from first base to cap the White Sox's three-run rally in the eighth inning, which propelled Chicago to a 5-4 win in its home finale at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Down 4-2, the White Sox mounted a two-out rally against Angels reliever Jesse Chavez, who surrendered a game-tying, two-run homer to Rob Brantly, followed by a single to Anderson. Rymer Liriano then delivered a single to left field, allowing Anderson to race home after Ben Revere threw the ball to second baseman Kaleb Cowart and helped the White Sox finish their home ledger at 39-42.
Per Statcast™, Anderson's first-to-home time of 9.12 seconds is the seventh fastest of the year for any runner on first. It's the third fastest time for the White Sox in the past three seasons. Anderson himself has the team record of 9.02, when he scored from first on a single last Aug. 9.

"He was going hard and I didn't see Revere going hard for the ball," White Sox third base coach Nick Capra said. "I don't think he has an above-average arm. Test him in that situation."
"I was just watching Cappy," Anderson said. "I didn't want to slow down because I didn't want to go to extras [innings]. I kind of just kept running and Cappy kept waving me."

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Revere should have thrown the ball to shortstop Cliff Pennington, the cutoff man, rather than Cowart.
"Ben just reacted to get the ball to second base," Scioscia said. "You throw the ball wherever the cutoff man is. Penny was lined up right, where he should have been. That long, unprotected throw got us tonight."
Juan Minaya pitched a clean ninth to pick up his eighth save of the season.

One day after being eliminated from playoff contention, the Angels rested the majority of their regulars, but they received key contributions from reserves. Eric Young put the Angels on the board with an RBI double in the fifth, and Carlos Perez followed by launching a two-run home run -- his first of the season -- off Dylan Covey to push the Halos' lead to 3-0.

Yolmer Sanchez's two-run single pulled the White Sox within one in the fifth, but the Angels added a run on C.J. Cron's sacrifice fly in the following inning.
Bud Norris tossed three scoreless innings to begin the Angels' bullpen game. The Halos used seven relievers in place of left-hander Andrew Heaney, who missed his final three starts of the regular season due to a shoulder impingement.
Covey allowed four runs on four hits over 5 2/3 innings for the White Sox. The 26-year-old right-hander, who walked two and struck out five, went winless in his rookie campaign, with an 0-8 record and a 7.71 ERA in 18 appearances, including 12 starts.
The Angels (78-81), who have lost nine of their last 11 games, dropped three games below .500 and will need to sweep their final series against the Mariners to avoid their second consecutive season with a losing record.
Perez goes deep: Perez, who spent most of the season in Triple-A Salt Lake after losing the starting catching job to Martin Maldonado, entered Thursday with just one hit in 16 plate appearances in the Majors this season. But he doubled his total with a two-run shot off Covey in the fifth.
Brantly ties it: Chavez recorded the first two outs of the eighth before Avisail Garcia doubled to bring up Brantly, who hammered a 3-2 fastball to right-center field to tie the game, 4-4. It marked Brantly's first home run since Sept. 8, 2015.
"I was just looking to be somewhat productive on that at-bat, just looking to get on base," Brantly said. "I worked the count in my favor and swung at the ball in the dirt. From there, I was just trying to stick to a two-strike approach and stay in as deep as I can and make sure I swing at a strike and it ended up being a good piece of the bat.
"You know, I'll take the result. It was great."

"They've done it all year, and Tim was a good example. They don't give up. And from the first pitch to the last pitch, we're playing baseball the way they should. It's refreshing. We've had kind of a rough year but it's refreshing the way they've gone about their business."-- Capra on the White Sox, who went out on the field following the victory to acknowledge the crowd
Angels: The Angels will head back to Southern California and begin their final series of the season against the Mariners on Friday night at 7:07 p.m. PT at Angel Stadium. Left-hander Tyler Skaggs (2-6, 4.48 ERA), who allowed four runs over five innings in his last start against the Astros on Sunday, will start the opener for the Angels.
White Sox:The White Sox waited until postgame Thursday to announce Mike Pelfrey as the starter for Friday's series opener in Cleveland with a first pitch of 6:10 p.m. CT. The veteran right-hander makes his 21st start of the season.
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