Technically the White Sox are still in the race for this season since they are only six games behind the first-place Tigers with a month left in the season. Even if the playoffs aren't in the cards this season the Sox have some reasons to be excited for 2012. The recent play of youngsters Tyler Flowers and Alejandro De Aza and the play today of Dayan Viciedo show the future is bright for the White Sox.
Sunday's series finale started off as a pitchers duel until the fourth inning. In the top of the fourth Dayan Viciedo hit a three-run homer to put the Sox up 3-0. Viciedo was just called up to replace the injured Carlos Quentin on the roster and had quite a debut for the South Siders. The Sox would blow things open in the sixth with the big hit a grand slam homerun by catcher Tyler Flowers. Brent Lillibridge and Paul Konerko would each add RBI singles to put the Sox up 9-0. The Mariners would add a few runs of their own late in the game but it turned out to be too little too late as the Sox went on to win 9-3.
Gavin Floyd was dominant for the Sox on Sunday. Floyd went seven and a third and allowed just two runs on five hits. The Sox right hander improved to 12-10 on the season.
Jason Vargas started off strong, but was the victim of the White Sox offensive explosion. Vargas went five and two-thirds and allowed nine runs on ten hits. The Mariners lefty fell to 7-12 on the season.
The White Sox will now head home to open a brief three-game homestand against the Minnesota Twins. First game of the series will be Monday.