Chris Capuano was at his best on Sunday, but didn't get the win. Fortunately, the Dodgers did.
The Dodgers rallied to tie in the ninth, then won it in the 10th inning on a single to left field by Dee Gordon, beating the Chicago White Sox 2-1 on Sunday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. The single scored Tony Gwynn Jr., who tripled with one out under the glove of a diving Jordan Danks in left field. It also erased Gordon's three foul bunts from one inning earlier on a sacrifice attempt.
It marked the first time in six tries that the Dodgers have beaten the White Sox in a regular season series.
Pinch-hitter Bobby Abreu opened the bottom of the ninth inning with a single, then advanced to third base one out later on Elian Herrera's third hit of the day. A fly ball to right field by Juan Rivera tied the game, but unfortunately for the Dodgers that was their first sacrifice fly of the game, not their second.
Chris Capuano was simply awesome on Sunday, pitching his best game of the season. He struck out a season-high 12, just one shy of his career high. He allowed six hits and had just one walk in a season-high eight innings.
The only run scored off Capuano came in the sixth inning, when Brent Lillibridge led off the inning with a single and advanced to second when Herrera misplayed the ball in left field. After Lillibridge advanced to third on a ground out, Capuano struck out Adam Dunn for a key second out, but Dayan Viciedo hit a ball just out of the reach of second baseman Jerry Hairston Jr. for an RBI single.
Jose Quintana was outstanding for the White Sox, allowing just five hit and no runs in his eight innings, needing just 77 pitches. He came close to allowing a run in the sixth inning, as the Dodgers even got a tally on the scoreboard, but the run was erased on appeal.
Matt Treanor led off the bottom of the sixth inning with a surprise bunt single down the third base line, just the third bunt single of his career. After getting sacrificed to second base, Treanor advanced to third on Dee Gordon's infield single off the glove of Quintana. Herrera followed with a sacrifice fly to right field that appeared to tie the game.
But upon appeal, third base umpire Jerry Meals called Treanor out for leaving third base early, which took the run off the scoreboard and ended the inning. What made the play confusing is that the White Sox actually appealed and threw to third twice, but the first time didn't count since home plate umpire Gary Darling had called time prior to the appeal.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was ejected after a long argument with both Darling and Meals, a confrontation that had the Dodger Stadium crowd in a frenzy. Mattingly was ejected on both Mothers Day and Fathers Day this year.
Andre Ethier made three highlight-reel catches in the game, including one at the right field wall to rob Lillibridge of extra bases in the eighth inning.
Home Runs: none
WP - Ronald Belisario (3-0): 2 IP, 1 walk, 1 strikeout
LP - Matt Thornton (2-5): 2/3 IP, 2 hits, 1 run, 1 walk