Jose Abreu is down, but the White Sox are anything but out.
"It seems like each and every night it's somebody different," Adam Dunn said. "Obviously, Alexei (Ramirez) and Tank (Dayan Viciedo) have pretty much carried us all year with Josie out. We've got a kind of a lineup, everyone talks about our injuries, but we've got some pretty good players still here."
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And, yes, Dunn is one of them.
The scourge of many a Sox fan for his disappointing play since arriving on the South Side in 2011, Dunn came up big Friday night with a mammoth 2-run homer off Yankees closer David Robertson with no outs in the ninth inning.
Dunn connected on an 0-2 fastball and rallied the White Sox to a 6-5 win with a 431-foot home run to right field.
"He's making some solid contact consistently," manager Robin Ventura said of Dunn. "When he hits it, he can hit it out anywhere."
It was Dunn's eighth home run of the season, and the 10th time in his career he's ended a game with a drive that cleared the fences.
"That's the best feeling in probably all of sports, especially after a night like tonight," Dunn said of the marathon game that ran 3 hours and 52 minutes. "I know everyone's tired on both sides. The good news is we get to do it all over again tomorrow at 1."
Look for the Sox to go out and compete to the end once again.
"I think getting late in the game, these guys feel like they can pull something off," Ventura said. "They feel confident going late in the game. Dunner can hit it out. He's a big guy, strong guy. He's hit homers in his career. It's not a secret. But to hit it off Robertson, who's very tough on lefties, just shows you where he's at and what he's meant for us so far this year coming through the way he has."
Ramirez came through with another big hit, a 3-run homer off New York Hiroki Kuroda that put the White Sox up 4-3 win in the fifth inning.
The day after:
After throwing 86 pitches over 6 scoreless innings in Thursday night's 3-2 win over the Yankees, White Sox ace Chris Sale was doing as well as expected.
"I feel good," Sale said after returning from the disabled list and making his first start in five weeks. "Just kind of tightness. Tomorrow's usually my sore day. I'm more sore on Day 2. Today's just kind of stiff, but still nothing, I mean, I went through my whole workout, whole shoulder program."
As he moves along, look for Sale to go deeper and deeper into games.
"It's nice having him back, we know that," manager Robin Ventura said. "For him going out there free and easy throwing how he did, he was excited, too. I think that's part of coming back. It really helps your team when you have a guy like him coming back and excited as he was to pitch and as dominating as he was when he was in there.
"He feels great today which is good news also."