WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Paul Konerko put together his best series of at-bats this season on Tuesday night and it didn’t go unnoticed.
Off to a 2-for-20 start, the veteran first baseman homered, walked twice, had a sacrifice fly and drove in four runs in an 8-7 White Sox loss to the Washington Nationals.
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Konerko said the warm temperatures might have helped -- it was 81 degrees at first pitch -- but he was pleased with the progress he made in each of his plate appearances. The right-hander walked twice in his first two trips against Natioinals starter Gio Gonzalez before he drove in a game-tying run with a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning.
Konerko then belted a three-run homer in the seventh inning off Washington reliever Tyler Clippard to get the White Sox within 6-5. Konerko flew out in his final at-bat to end the game.
“It was a good night,” Konerko said. “I just saw the ball well and had my approach in order and got deep into some good counts and took a good swing on the homer and put together pitch-after-pitch.”