The third start proved to be the charm for Chicago White Sox pitcher Erik Johnson.
The Los Altos High graduate earned his first Major League win in a 12-1 rout of the Minnesota Twins Sept. 16. Johnson pitched six innings – without surrendering a run – and struck out eight batters. He won his next start as well, allowing two runs in six innings against the Detroit Tigers, whom the White Sox beat 6-3 Sept. 22.
At the beginning of September, Johnson was named to Baseball America’s 2013 Minor League All-Star Team.
The 23-year-old made his big-league debut Sept. 4 in New York against the Yankees and his first home start Sept. 10 versus the Tigers.