The Stat Line of the Night — 8/30/10 — Alex Rios
The Chicago White Sox are in a tough pennant race. If they want to have any chance to make the post-season, they will need to hit the ball much better. Enter Manny Ramirez, acquired from LA to give the Sox the huge middle of the order bat they need. Unfortunately, Manny wasn’t suited up for the game last night. The Sox needed another bat to step up in his place, and Alex Rios filled the void.
The Sox opened the game with an early 5 run lead, helped along by Rios 2-run single in the top of the 2nd. As the Indians tried to battle back, Rios put another hurting on them with a solo shot in the 6th to make it 6-3. Then, in the bottom of the 9th the Sox closer Jenks could not hold the 3-run lead, allowing the Indians to tie it up and send it to extras. The Sox would hold on to win however, with a 4-run explosion in the top of the 11th. rios had a run scoring double in that inning, and the Sox would go on to win 10-6. On the day Rios was 5-6 with a home run, 3 runs, 4 RBIs and a walk.
The sox will need his bat, even with the addition of Manny Ramirez, if they hope to catch the Twins in the AL Central. With 1 month to go and a 4 game deficit to make up, the Sox have as good a chance as any team to make the playoffs. For now, Alex Rios wins the “Stat Line of the Night”.