No Chicago White Sox were more maligned than catcher Tyler Flowers and the team’s bullpen in the early months of the season. So when they flipped the script Friday night, they could only hope it was the sign of better things to come. Flowers, who entered with a .218 batting average, drove in the go-ahead run with a seventh-inning double, and four pitchers combined to retire the final 22 batters in the White Sox’s 3-2 victory over the Houston Astros. “Yeah, it’s a good time,” Flower said. “I’ve been feeling better for the last 10 games maybe. I haven’t had a whole lot of success statistically, but I’ve been seeing the ball a lot better.” Alejandro De Aza singled off Scott Feldman and stole second before Flowers delivered the game-winning hit. He entered the game with only 12 hits in his last 116 at-bats. “There were some good things that happened that you like to see coming out of the break.” manager Robin Ventura said. Namely, the performances of Daniel Webb, Ronald Belisario and Zach Putnam, who were flawless out of the bullpen. Webb (5-2) retired six consecutive batters in relief of Jose Quintana to earn the victory. Belisario and Putnam pitched a scoreless inning apiece, and Putnam earned his second save.
White Sox 3, Astros 2
Chicago Sun-Times | Jul 19