When the Chicago White Sox dealt pitcher Javier Vazquez to the Atlanta Braves prior to the 2009 season, the key prospect they were getting was cathcer Tyler Flowers. In that same deal they also got light hitting infielder Brent Lillibridge. Lillibridge was considered by many to be nothing more than a defensive replacement. So far in 2011, he might be the White Sox MVP. Lillibridge had two more big hits for the Sox,including his sixth homer, as the Sox completed the sweep over the Red Sox at Fenway Park.
The Red Sox (30-26) got off to a quick start in the series finale off starter Gavin Floyd when they took a 3-0 lead after the second inning. Floyd settled down though allowing only one more run, and went on to improve his record to 6-5 on the season.
Tim Wakefield started for the Red Sox. The knuckle baller couldn’t hold the early lead he was given and finished with a no decision. Matt Albers got the loss droping his record to 1-3 on the season.
The game was still tight heading in to the ninth inning until Paul Konerko hit a two run bomb that put the game out of reach. Sergio Santos pitched a perfect ninth to earn his ninth save of the season.
Wednesday’s win gave the White Sox (27-31) their seventh win in a row at Fenway Park and are now 10-1 in their last 11 games against the Red Sox. This was the final game of the White Sox 10 game road trip finishing at an even 5-5.
The White Sox now return home for a ten game homestand beginning Friday evening at US Cellular Field.