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Selling the Cy

September 27th, 2016 vs Tampa Bay Rays


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Monster sized performance by the Sox bats

Short Take:   Sale notches win number 17 behind big night by the Sox offense

As the hourglass begins to empty on the 2016 season, individual accomplishments have taken center stage for the White Sox. A Cy Young award has been elusive for Chris Sale in his career primarily due to being saddled with the twin burden of low run support and being on non-playoff teams. Throw in the low national profile of the Chicago White Sox, and the challenge to win the award becomes even steeper. Despite turning in some stellar performances in the second half, Chris hasn't been able to rack up many wins due to almost non existent run support from his teammates since the all star break. However, tonight Chris would get just about all the offense he needed as the bats showed up in a big way. Chris cruised to his 17th victory in his pursuit of the AL Cy Young behind 13 runs of support from the Sox offense. The final score was 13-6 in favor of the Pale Hose.

The Sox offense got off to an early start against Alex Cobb of the Rays. Adam Eaton returned to the lineup with a booming double in the bottom of the 1st. Tim Anderson drove him in with an RBI single and then Melky Cabrera followed that up with a laser beam HR to RF. It was Melky's 14th dinger of the season and gave the Sox a quick 3-0 lead. Tampa unfortunately answered back in the top of the 2nd. Chris Sale would struggle a bit with location and faced some hard contact by Tampa Bay. Mahtook and Casali reached on two hard hit balls but the damage was done by old friend Alexei Ramirez. The "Missile" would drive both runners home on a sharp 2 RBI single cutting into the Sox lead at 3-2.

In the bottom half of the 2nd, the White Sox would take those 2 runs right back. An RBI single from Adam Eaton and an RBI double by Tim Anderson expanded the Sox lead to 5-2 and gave Sale a bit of a cushion to work with. The offense really opened the game up in the bottom of the 3rd and the power was supplied by an unlikely source. The slap hitting Leury Garcia got a low pitch to his liking from Alex Cobb and hit one the opposite way into the wind. The ball just carried over the edge of the left field fence for a 3 run HR giving the Sox and Chris Sale a comfortable 8-2 lead.

The Sox offense isn't exactly known for pouring it on but that's exactly what happened in this one. The South Siders would plate 2 more runs in the bottom of the 5th on a throwing error making it 10-3. After that, 3 more Sox runs crossed the plate in the 8th on a solo HR by Tim Anderson and RBI singles by Frazier and Coats. In the end, this was way more offense than Chris Sale needed. He wasn't at his absolute best tonight but he still turned in a quality 7 inning start with 7 Ks and was way more than the Rays could handle. The Rays scored a few garbage runs off the always struggling Matt Albers in the 9th but no harm done as the Sox took out the Rays by a final of 13-6 in game 2 of this 4 game set.

Chris Sale got a much needed quality start and win number 17 tonight in the bid to keep his Cy Young hopes alive. He still has a bit of an uphill battle to face against some high profile names like Corey Kluber and Rick Porcello who both play on teams heading for October. Another strong performance in the season finale on Sunday against the Twins could further help cement his status. In a rough season for the White Sox, it would be a nice consolation to see Chris Sale secure an award he has long deserved. This will be my final TBGR for the 2016 season. The games were a lot of fun in the early going but as we all know, they couldn't sustain it. Here is hoping 2017 ushers in a new manager, roster upgrades, and a lot of positive changes. The loyal fans of the White Sox deserve to see their team return to October.

GAME NOTES

-Tim Anderson had a big night going 3 for 5 with a HR, 3 RBIs, and 2 runs scored.

-Melky Cabrera went 2 for 5 with a HR, 2RBI, and a run scored.

-Leury Garcia's 3 run HR tonight was only the 2nd of his career. The first one was at Dodger Stadium.

-Chris Sale's final line was 7IP, 7Ks, 1BB, 3ER.

-The Sox are now 43W-33L at home this season.

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