From time to time, Jordan Danks asks his brother John if he’s done any more “brother interviews.”
Although it’s rare that two brothers find their way onto the same big-league team, the Danks duo don’t figure to have anything new to say when asked about playing with each other for the umpteenth time.
But that changed Sunday, when Jordan hit a go-ahead home run in the fourth inning of a 5-2 White Sox win, the first time in 58 years that a player homered in support of his brother.
“I figured it had been a while probably, but I didn’t know it had been 50-plus years,” Jordan Danks said. “We’ve played together probably since we were 5-years old. That was the goal to one day play together in the big leagues, and here we are. And I thought, ‘How cool it would be to hit a home run one day when he was pitching?’ And sure enough it happened. It was very cool.”
The feat last happened June 3, 1955, when Billy Shantz homered in support of his brother Bobby, who was on the mound for the Kansas City Athletics against Boston.
"We don't take it for granted,"said John Danks, who started and got the win. “We know how special it is that we get to play together. We're enjoying every moment of it."
The younger Danks’ homer gave the Sox the lead for good and a series win seen by 25,960 at U.S. Cellular Field. His brother gave up up two runs on eight hits in six innings to beat former Cubs starter Matt Garza, who gave up five runs (four earned) in seven.
"I've warned him, he better catch everything that comes his way and pick me up at the plate,” John Danks joked.
It was the first time Jordan homered for his brother in the big leagues, but he seems to hit well with his brother on the mound.
“I mentioned that earlier that when I was talking to my mother on the phone that if I can get into the game when John’s pitching, good things always happen,” Jordan Danks said. “I don’t know. The bat just seems to find the ball. Like I said, good things happen. That and I don’t want him to yell at me.”
Jordan Danks didn’t start but replaced Avisail Garcia in the fourth after Garcia crashed into the wall on Jeff Baker’s home run. Sox manager Robin Ventura said after the game that Garcia was dehydrated but did not suffer a concussion.
The win was the Sox eighth in nine games, and it featured another strong start by John Danks, who struck out five and walked one despite not having his best control.
"It wasn't pretty,” he said. “It was a battle for sure. Command was not anywhere near what I'd like it to be. I was able to make enough pitches to give us a chance.
Josh Phegley added a solo homer in the seventh a day after his first walk-off hit. Gordon Beckham and Adam Dunn drove in a run each.
The Sox have won six series since the All-Star break, which Ventura credits in part to the addition of a few players.
“You have different people and it molds in or morphs into something else,” Ventura said about the season. “Garcia's in right, Phegley is playing on a more regular basis. Anytime you're putting different people in there, a different kind of a feeling happens, and they're playing well.”
Addison Reed pitched a perfect ninth for his 35th save.