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2012 08 06 Royals

Lucky 13 for Sale

August 7, vs. Kansas City


Today's Sox Crew:
The Southpaw Power Co.
Give a guy a few extra days of rest and he comes back with maybe his best performance of the season.

Short Take:  Sale makes first start after extended rest, earns 13th win of season, as Sox beat Kansas City in series opener 4-2

Chris Sale made his triumphant return to the White Sox starting rotation Monday night, after essentially skipping a start while resting a "dead arm."  Any worries about the status of Chris's arm were immediately put to rest in the 1st inning as his 2nd fastball of the night hit 95 MPH.  He topped out at 96 midway into the game and was still hitting 94 MPH into the 8th inning of a brilliant start against the lowly Royals, limiting them to just 2 runs in 8 innings and earning his 13th win of the season as the Sox came from behind to beat Kansas City, 4-2.

The big story tonight was Sale who not only alleviated (if only temporarily) concerns about his tiring arm, but also ate innings for a bullpen that had been taxed by extra inning games, ineffective starts, and Francisco Liriano taking a grounder off the leg in this weekend's intense series against Los Angeles.  Sale pitched 8 solid innings, punching out 7, walking none, and only allowed a pair of solo home runs (not at all unexpected on a warm night in a lively park) to Jeff Francouer and Billy Butler.  Otherwise, he scattered 6 hits and looked everything like the All-Star and de facto staff ace he had been before his last shaky start 10 days ago.

Despite Sale's performance, the win was in jeopardy for most of the night.  The Sox drew first blood against Luis Mendoza, the next in a line of generally terrible Royals pitchers who unexplainably dominate us, in the 2nd when A.J. Pierzynksi's double down the right field line scored Alex Rios, who moments earlier reached on a 1-out triple to the gap in right field, to take a 1-0 lead, however, from then on, Mendoza had his way with the White Sox offense, holding the Sox to only 4 hits through 6 innings and only 7 through 7.1 IP for the night.

Kansas City knotted the score at 1 in the 5th on a 2-out solo blast from Francouer and then Billy Butler put the Royals ahead with a lead-off homer to left field, but the Sox bats finally woke up in the bottom half of the frame as Paul Konerko lined a missile that couldn't have gotten more than 20 feet off the ground, but happily traveled 350 or so feet into the Sox bullpen to tie the score back up at 2 to set up the pivotal 8th inning, in which the Royals threatened by putting runners on 1st and 3rd with no out, but a line out to Alexei Ramirez, a botched bunt attempt by Alcides Escobar, and a Lorenzo Cain strikeout in which he was completely overpowered by the Sox southpaw was the exclamation point on his dynamic performance.

The Sox answered the call and got Chris the win in the 8th as Gordon Beckham hit his 10th homer of the season and Kevin Youkilis doubled home Jordan Danks for unnecessary insurance as Addison Reed nailed down the win, ending the entertaining game with a 3-6-1 double play to send another packed house home happy.

The win keeps the Sox 1 1/2 games in front of the Tigers who were 7-2 victors over the Yankees Monday night behind a phenomenal pitching performance by Justin Verlander, however, the Bronx Bombers have another 3 to go in Motor City.  The Sox, meanwhile, continue their series with Kansas City tomorrow night as Jake Peavy totes the hill against Bruce Chen.  Game time is 7:10 PM Central time and the game will be broadcast locally on Comcast Sports Net.


KW Appreciates The Game:
 If appreciating a game was an Olympic Event, then KW would get the gold after watching his young lefty that he trusted as a starter turn in a winner like this one.


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