In recent weeks, the bullpen has been a weak spot for the Chicago White Sox, but on Wednesday afternoon in the Big Apple, reliever Matt Albers did something that hadn’t been done by a Sox reliever in nearly 50 years.
In the game, Albers hit a double in the 13th inning of the contest against the New York Mets to put himself in scoring position. He would later score on a sacrifice fly by Jose Abreu, and he finished off the game in the bottom of the inning by holding the Mets at bay to secure the victory.
Albers’ game-winning run is obviously an uncommon occurrence for an American League pitcher, but it’s even rarer than one might think. According to Christopher Kamka of Comcast SportsNet Chicago, Albers is the first White Sox pitcher to score the game-winning run and earn a win in extra innings since Bob Locker accomplished the feat in August of 1966.
Albers was also the first White Sox reliever to score a run since Cliff Politte did it for the team during their championship season in 2005.
The double for Albers was his first hit since the 2007 season, when he had a pair of hits for the Houston Astros. His run was also the first he’s scored in his career, which started all the way back in the 2006 campaign.