The offseason chatter surrounding the Chicago White Sox was all about how players like Jake Peavy , Gordon Beckham and Adam Dunn would have to resurrect their careers in 2012 for the team to be competitive.
After winning their ninth straight game on Friday night, the Sox may have three Comeback Players of the Year on the same team. Peavy, who got a no-decision, pitched into the seventh inning, Beckham homered twice and Dunn homered once in the 7-4 victory.
For Beckham, it appears a lot of hard work and concentration on baseball-only matters are the primary function of his recent power surge.
“That has been my main goal all season -- to compete and do it the right way,” Beckham said. “My only goal has been to contribute to a winning team atmosphere and if I do that the other things like numbers take care of themselves.”
Beckham connected on his seventh and eighth home runs of the season after hitting just 10 in 2011.
“The last month or so I have felt really good about where I am at and what I want to get done in my at-bats,” Beckham said. “I finally got back to being me and hitting the ball hard where it is pitched.”
Beckham has an eight-game hitting streak, batting .333 with two homers and a double and three runs scored in his recent run.
As for Dunn, he now has 17 home runs and 38 RBIs, putting him on pace to hit 52 home runs and drive in 120.
“You just continue on playing and not thinking about when (the winning streak) is going to end “ said manager Robin Ventura after the Sox went over .500 at home for the first time since April 15. “Any time you do get overconfident the game of baseball will let you know about it.”
The White Sox have now won six in a row at home after dropping 13 of their previous 16 at U.S. Cellular Field.