White Sox relying on rallies
While club has 16 comeback wins, it prefers to jump ahead early
CHICAGO -- Even after Gavin Floyd allowed four home runs to Rockies hitters through six-plus innings of work on Friday night, the White Sox offense and bullpen kept their composure long enough for the club to earn its 16th comeback win of the season.
Sixteen come-from-behind wins, though, doesn't even put the White Sox in the American League's top five in the category. In fact, they're not even tops in their own division, trailing the Tigers, who have 17.
But perhaps the reason that the White Sox aren't coming from behind and winning as often as some other teams is simply because they're not losing the lead in the first place. Despite averaging the same 4.6 runs per game that Minnesota, Detroit and Cleveland are, Chicago is allowing just 3.7 runs per game -- more than a full run less than any other AL Central opponent.
But winning in come-from-behind fashion sure was important on Friday to get the team back on the right track after losing three straight to Detroit.
"It's amazing how we found a way to get some big hits [Friday night] at home," said A.J. Pierzynski, who singled in the go-ahead run. "We just couldn't do that against Detroit. To win, it was big, because it ends the momentum of losing -- it turns us around and gets us back on a positive note. You want to feel good about yourself, especially at home."
White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen knew before his team took the lead that it could and would get there.
"When we played Minnesota and [Nick] Swisher hit that home run and we were down one, I got the confidence we're gonna win it," said Guillen, referring to his team's 7-5 come-from-behind win against the Twins on Monday. "Because I know [that] up by one in this ballpark for us is not that many."
That is why, Guillen explained, he brought in lefty specialist Matt Thornton to face left-handed hitters Ian Stewart and Omar Quintanilla instead of leaving Floyd in when trailing, 4-2.
"I want to keep the game close," Guillen said. "Because I could continue pitching [Floyd], because he was throwing good. But another run and we would have been deeper."
Floyd certainly appreciated the extra effort by the offense, having left the game on the hook for the loss. It would have been his first since May 23.
"I just want to win," Floyd said. "We have a good lineup and we're gonna keep fighting, especially if the other pitcher is pitching really well. We kept battling and put more runs on the board."
And, of course, for any good comeback to count, the bullpen has to do its part, too. Thornton, Scott Linebrink and Bobby Jenks allowed a combined one hit in 2 2/3 innings, striking out five and walking none.
David Just is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.