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Sox Win Despite Themselves

June 25, vs. New York Mets


Today's Game Rating:
4 STARS
Really, at this point, you just have to enjoy the comedy of it all/font>

Short Take: Beckham tackles Gillaspie with 2 outs in 9th, allowing Mets to tie game, but Sox rally to win

Chris Sale pitched another gem but came away (again) with nothing more than a pat on the back as the White Sox (well, really, only Gordon Beckham) melted down in the 9th inning, costing Sale the win as the Sox keep finding new, more embarrassing ways to shoot themselves in the foot. Luckily, Alexei Ramirez came through with a clutch, 2-out RBI single in the 9th inning to give the Sox a 5-4 win in their series opener with the Mets.

Sale continued to make his case as one of the unluckiest pitchers in the American League. He came into tonight’s game on a 4-game personal losing streak despite a 3.08 ERA and sub-.300 OBPa over those games punctuated by his loss in Houston two weeks ago when he was charged with a loss in a game in which he threw a complete game and did not allow an earned run. It seemed like he was destined for another loss early when the Mets got to him for a pair of runs in the 1st, but the Sox answered with a run in the 1st on an RBI ground out by Alex Rios and another in the 3rd when Tyler Flowers tagged Zach Wheeler for a leadoff home run.

After relinquishing the lead to the Mets again in the 5th on a leadoff home run by Andrew Brown, the Sox took control of the game in their half of the frame, scoring a pair of runs on an RBI ground out from Alejandro De Aza and sacrifice fly from Alexei Ramirez. It seemed like time to relax, as Sale had been absolutely cruising past the Mets. After allowing 2 runs on 2 hits to the first five batters he faced, Sale found his grove and promptly set down 21 of the next 24, the only blemishes being the solo homer to Brown in the 5th, a 1-out single allowed to John Buck in the 7th (he was promptly erased on a double play), and a 2-out walk to Eric Young, Jr. in the 8th. His final line for the evening read 110 pitches over 8 innings, allowing just 4 hits, 3 runs, 2 walks, and 13 strike outs.

The 9th inning, however, was a different story. Addison Reed came in to close out the win for the Sox and, although allowed a leadoff single to David Wright, pushed the Mets to their final out by quickly retiring Marlon Byrd and Josh Satin. Facing David Murphy, Reed induced a weak pop fly on the infield that should have been a routine play for Conor Gillaspie, however, Gordon Beckham, for reasons still unknown, charged the play like a bat out of hell, stumbling on the pitcher’s mound, tripping on Addison Reed, and ultimately tackling Gillaspie, allowing the ball to fall approximately 45 harmless feet from the plate and Wright, who had previously stolen second base, the opportunity to score the game’s tying run. You’ve gotta be bleeping me!

Give the Sox credit for not collapsing in the face of unbearable embarrassment. Also, LaTroy Hawkins is apparently still pitching for a Major League team. Don’t overlook that factor in tonight’s win, as Jeff Keppinger and Gordon Beckham each failed to hit the ball through the infield, but both reached on a single and E1 to put the winning run in scoring position with no out. But, in typical 2013 Sox fashion, nothing ever comes easy and following a ground out by Tyler Flowers and weak foul out by Alejandro De Aza, the Sox were in danger of having to go to extras before Alexei Ramirez ripped a single down the left field line that couldn’t have been more than a few inches fair, but when you’ve only won 31 games in the last week of June, you take what you can get. Keppinger scores, Reed gets the win, and Gordon Beckham can sleep easy tonight.

John Danks will face Shaun Marcum in the finale of this brief two-game set with New York at 7:10 PM Central time. Marcum owns a 3-0 record and 2.48 career ERA against the Sox, but hasn’t faced the team since May 2010 when he was with the Blue Jays. He is currently one of the league’s worst resumes for a starting pitcher with an 0-9 record and ERA pushing 6 entering tonight’s game.

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