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Jeff Keppinger’s first walk of the season won the game

May 17, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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Heading into the eighth inning of last night’s White Sox-Angels game Jeff Keppinger had yet to draw a walk in 140 plate appearances this season.

Angels reliever Michael Kohn was struggling to throw strikes, walking Conor Gillaspie and Dayan Viciedo back-to-back to load the bases with two outs for Keppinger, who came into the game with a lower on-base percentage (.182) than batting average (.185).

Four pitches later Keppinger was standing on first base with his first walk of the season, which forced in the go-ahead run (which proved to the game-winning run). So, to recap: Keppinger went (nearly) 33 games and 140 plate appearances without a walk, all while hitting .185, and then walked on four pitches with the bases loaded in the eighth inning of a tie game.

And yet people try to predict baseball.

  1. hushbrother - May 17, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Kohn not representing College of Charleston very well right there.

  2. sportsfanjay - May 17, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    As a White Sox fan I wish I had something witty to say. Given the season so far, I got nothin’.

  3. mybrunoblog - May 17, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    I don’t care much about Keppinger.
    I just think its cool that he uses the old school 1980s heavy bat in the on deck circle.

  4. pdowdy83 - May 17, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Sounds like Keppinger was Ruben Amaro’s dream player to start the season.

  5. insidefastball - May 17, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Hard to believe that this guy was one of the most sought after free agents this past off-season. I bet the Sox wish they hadn’t offered a multi-year deal now. Keppinger and Adam Dunn together in the same lineup just destroy an offense. I am sure some of their pitchers could hit for a higher average than these two.

  6. jkaflagg - May 17, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    If there is a way to blow a game, the Angel bullpen will find it…..they will probably address the problem by adding a few more guys off waivers and a slugger who strikes
    out a lot and hits into a lot of double plays…..

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