Streaking Jordan Danks hits game winner

CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox are starting to get significant contributions from their farm system products.

Jordan Danks’ latest hot streak culminated with a game-changing, two-run base hit in the eighth inning against Houston Astros reliever Erick Bedard. The two-out, go-ahead hit was Danks’ third of the game.

“He has been doing great ever since he has come back,” Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “He has been swinging it good and playing great defense. He seems to be in the middle of everything. He had some big hits in Kansas City, and tonight was the same thing.”

Danks had a rough time early proving he can hit major league pitching, but as of late he has been on a tear. The 27-year-old Texas native is no longer being looked at as just starter John Danks’ younger brother.

Prior to his recent surge, Jordan Danks would have been pinch hit for with the bases loaded against a veteran left-hand pitcher like Bedard.

“I was really happy that Robin let me stay in there at the end,” he said. “I know there was a lefty going, and a lot of times I don’t get to face guys like that. That is especially true with guys in scoring position. You always want to be that guy, even if you don’t come through. It was very cool.”

Danks has certainly earned more playing time with his recent hot streak. The Sox outfielder extended his hitting streak to nine games, during which time he is hitting .438 with four doubles, a home run and four RBIs.

“The consistency definitely helps,” Danks said. “You get to play five or six games in a row and your confidence grows more and more. Obviously, being comfortable at the plate really helps.”

Ventura said he believes some of the younger players, such as Danks, must get more at-bats during the team’s last 30 ballgames.

“[Veterans] just understand that there will be guys that are playing. You go day to day and see what happens. You are still trying to win games, but there will be some [younger] guys playing.”

The White Sox have played their best baseball of the year recently, having nine of their past 11 and 15 of 22.