CHICAGO -- With the first round of the BP Crosstown Cup taking place at Wrigley Field, Dayan Viciedo didn't figure to see much time on the field.
The White Sox were losing the option of the designated hitter, and manager Robin Ventura had already said Adam Dunn was going to see time in left, with Paul Konerko staying at first base.
Viciedo got his chance Friday when Konerko had to leave the game after taking an 85 mph splitter from Jeff Samardzija to the left eye.
The 23-year-old outfielder stroked a one-out single to center in the first inning Saturday to put the White Sox on top early. He followed that up with a two-run homer in the third inning that just snuck into the basket in left center.
"We got Dayan swinging it pretty good," Ventura said. "He had some big hits to get us on the board and let starter John Danks relax a little bit."
"That's always huge," Danks said. "We'll take all the runs we can get, especially early. That allows us to relax and stay aggressive."
In the four games prior to Friday, Viciedo totaled eight hits -- including three homers -- and seven RBI.
"Viciedo was swinging it good before," Ventura said. "It'd be nice to have Paul in there, too. But you get Viciedo swinging the bat the way he is, it's nice to have him to be able to fill in for Paulie."
After the White Sox 7-4 win over the Cubs Saturday, Ventura said he didn't think Konerko would be able to suit up and go Sunday afternoon in the series finale.
Jake Peavy -- Sunday's starting pitcher -- said prior to Saturday's game that the Sox needed other guys to step up in Konerko's place.
The heart of the order (Dunn, Viciedo, A.J. Pierzynski) did just that, scoring and driving in five runs. Each guy also had a home run.
Dunn was especially hot, walking four times in addition to his solo blast in the eighth.
"I see the ball pretty good here," he said about Wrigley Field "The environment makes it a pretty good place to play in."
Pierzynski echoed his teammate's thoughts.
"The fans here are always great," the White Sox backstop said. "They're always fun. It's always packed. Fans are always yelling and screaming, cheering and booing. The ballpark is just fun.
"You can't really explain it. It's just a fun place to play. I always enjoy these three games and then the three games at our place."