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As fashionable as the Chicago White Sox pink hats were, they were no match for Wade Miley and the Arizona Diamondbacks as they picked up a 4-3 win.
The one reliable member of the Diamondbacks starting five, Miley spun up a seven-inning masterpiece, allowing only two runs and four hits while striking out six.
Even with the vast amount of power bats stocked in the middle of the White Sox order, Miley was able to keep the ball in the yard. The only time he was burned was by White Sox legend Paul Konerko, who connected with his first home run of 2014, driving it deep into the Chicago night.
Having only two hits entering the fifth inning, the Arizona offense suddenly came alive. RBI hits by Alfredo Marte and A.J. Pollock highlighted the inning with the D-backs hedging out 3-0.
Any type of close contest can make Diamondbacks fans crunch on their fingernails, so when Chris Owings led off the top of the seventh with a shot into the gap, the inning seemed to be underway in the right fashion. While Owings’ hustle can be endlessly commended, baseball’s oldest rule is to not make the first out of the inning at third base. Attempting to stretch the gap-shot into a triple, Owings was nailed on a bang-bang play to lead off the inning.
Had Owings pulled up at second, Arizona really could have kicked the doors in. They went on to tack on another run to their lead, and watched more go by the wayside as Aaron Hill bounced into a double play with the bases loaded.
To shut the door, the D-backs turned to their go-to setup man Brad Zeigler to get the game to closer Addison Reed. After Zeigler’s scoreless frame, it was homecoming time for Reed, the former White Sock.
Never one for a simple inning, Reed allowed a run to cross the plate, then the tying-run to slide into scoring position before finally getting Konerko to ground out to end the game. As much of a fan favorite Reed was while in Chicago, there would have been no mercy from the ruthless south side crowd had he blown the save.
With a chance to win another series on the road, the Diamondbacks will send rookie Chase Anderson to the mound to make his Major League debut. The White Sox will counter with newly acquired starter Hector Noesi, as the two clash at 11:10 a.m. with a series victory on the line.