If there’s a silver lining to the White Sox 5-4 victory over the New York Mets on Tuesday night it’s that Alexei Ramirez had the chance to deliver a win.
Moments after the White Sox extended a sure victory on Gordon Beckham’s run-scoring error on an infield popup -- which wiped out a win for Chris Sale after a 13-strikeout performance -- Ramirez sent he and his teammates home happy with a two-out RBI single off LaTroy Hawkins.
The hit couldn’t have been better timed for Ramirez, who has endured one of the toughest stretches of his career in the field.
While Ramirez entered Tuesday’s game with a .277 average, he also leads all American League players with 12 errors, including three that directly led to losses on the team’s just concluded 3-7 road trip.
“It’s awesome,” closer Addison Reed said. “He’s kind of had some bad breaks. It’s not like he’s not giving it 100 percent. Every time he’s at-bat or in the field he’s doing everything he can and things haven’t just been working for him. I’m glad he got that hit tonight, not only for the team, but for himself. Hopefully it sparks a little confidence and he gets rolling from here on out.”
Ramirez had several contributions to Tuesday’s victory. He finished 1-for-3 with two RBIs, a sacrifice fly and walked and stole a base. He also turned in a defensive gem to start the seventh inning when while falling backward, he gloved a one-hopper by New York’s Josh Satin, and then fired to first in time.
“I’m very happy I was able to contribute,” Ramirez said through a translator. “I concentrated on that pitch and I was able to put a good swing on it and was able to produce that run to win the game.”
As for the crazy events that led to Ramirez’s chance, happenings that have become all-too-common for the White Sox this season, he didn’t want delve too deep into the conversation.
“The most important thing is the win and that’s what I want to concentrate on,” Ramirez said. “Things happen in baseball. It’s a game. Good things can happen. Bad things can happen. But for me, the most important thing is we got the win.”