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Sale vs. Buehrle Was Everything You Wanted

July 6, vs. Toronto


Sox Project Update:
Sale's good!
Doesn't get the record, but he got the win

Short Take: Sox come back to beat Toronto as Sale bests Buehrle in dual CG masterpiece that lasts less than 2 hours

Very likely, somewhere down the line of baseball lore, Monday nightís game between the Sox and Blue Jays will be remembered more as the game that ended Chris Saleís remarkable 10+ K streak; a streak of games so amazing itís nearly unequaled in the modern era of the game. But for tonight, at least, the honor belongs to both men who toted the rubber. Sale, of course, is perhaps the best pitcher in baseball but on Monday he found his match in a homegrown franchise hero perhaps making the final appearance of his career in Chicago. It was an epic pitching showdown that harked to an era of yesteryear as the old master and his pupil battled for nine innings of truly enjoyable baseball, a welcome relief in what has otherwise been a frustrating season.

And the game was good. Probably the single best game I have had the pleasure to watch since that mid-September makeup game with the Tigers in 2012, before everything fell apart in a few weeks. There was a palpable excitement in the air, first buoyed by every Toronto swing and a miss as Sale chased his place in the record books, but then by the realization that a really good game of baseball was unfolding. All told, Sale and Buehrle needed a combined 212 pitches to each go the distance in a game that officially clocked in at 1:54, the fastest game in the Majors since 2011.

As for Sale, well, he didnít have his best stuff tonight, punching out only 6 over the course of the game, and consistently missed his mark and lived dangerously in the meaty part of the plate. Luckily, when youíre Chris Sale, a belt high fastball or hanging slider donít do quite as much damage as they do to others, and Sale allowed only 6 baserunners and 2 runs over 9 innings of work.

For most of the night, however, it looked like that would not be enough as Buehrle matched, if not topped him, at least on the scoreboard. While Buehrle pitched his traditional game to contact, the Sox could not make him pay and when Josh Donaldson took a Chris Sale mistake to the right field bleachers in the 6th inning, it looked like that might be enough for the old vet for the evening.

The Sox, however, would have the last laugh. Trailing 2-1 in the 8th, they finally broke through, thanks in part to an error by Jose Reyes that allowed the whole inning to occur. Gordon Beckham reached on his error to lead the inning off and after two quick outs, was able to advance to third on an single by Adam Eaton. Jose Abreu tied the game with a clutch 2-out single and he and Eaton scored the go ahead and insurance run a batter later as Melky Cabrera came through with an RBI double just inside the third base line. In nearly the blink of an eye, the course of the night changed and the Sox found themselves back in the driverís seat.

It didnít come easy, though, as Toronto mounted one more rally in the 9th, but with the tying run on base and the go ahead run at the plate, Sale looked every bit a wise veteran, inducing a ground ball from Danny Valencia to start the 6-4-3 double play to end the evening.

The win gives the Sox their 5th of the last 6, easily the best stretch of the season especially considering the quality of opponents they have faced the last week. Though still in last place in the Central, they pull even with idle Cleveland.

Game 2 of this series will be tomorrow night at the Cell. Jose Quintana gets the call against Felix Doubront, who will make his first start of the 2015 season. The veteran lefty pitched well in AAA Buffalo to start this season and has made one relief appearance for Toronto so far in 2015. Game time is 7:10 PM and the game will be on Comcast Sports Net Plus.

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July 6... Sale vs. Buehrle Was Everything You Wanted

July 4... Avi Sails Over The Fence To Win It

July 3... Putting the "O" in Oriole

July 1... Late Night Work

June 30...Sox Best Birds in Extra Innings

June 26... Sox Fall Short

June 24...Sale Does Not Have His Best, So You Can Guess the Rest

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June 22... On the Ass End of an Ass-Kicking

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