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Walking Off Against Adversity

July 31 vs. Toronto


Sox Office Smash Hit:
Groundhog Day
What happened yesterday happened again. And boy, was it wonderful.

Short Take:   After a collision Yoan Moncada and Willy Garcia forces both to leave, the White Sox score seven unanswered runs and celebrate a thriller over the Blue Jays.

On July 31, 1991, the White Sox overcame a pair of three-run deficits against the Texas Rangers and ultimately won, 10-8, on a walk-off grand slam from Robin Ventura. Fast forward 26 years to the day, Monday against the Toronto Blue Jays to be exact, and the Sox found themselves with more trouble. Without the lead and their top prospect in the final three innings, they rallied together to turn the night into one of the most exciting of the season. That happens when you complete a 7-6 come-from-behind victory.

The game was dangerous almost from the start. In the first inning, James Shields gave up a Josh Donaldson homer which Adam Engel crashed into the wall trying to catch. He somehow stayed in the game, though the number of fly balls hit towards him barely gave him time to catch his breath. But he couldn't catch fourth-inning home runs from Russell Martin and Justin Smoak, which made the score 3-0, Toronto.

The evening's scare came after the Blue Jays loaded the bases with two outs in the sixth. Darwin Barney hit a fly ball to shallow right that Willy Garcia sprinted toward and caught, but the ball jarred loose from his mitt after Yoan Moncada's knee ran into his head. The crowd at Guaranteed Rate Field and the many Sox fans watching elsewhere cared less about all three baserunners scoring than the statuses of Garcia and Moncada, the latter of whom had to be carted off the field. After a period of uncertainty, it was announced that Moncada was merely day-to-day with a knee contusion with X-rays coming back negative and Garcia had a head contusion with an evaluation to follow in the morning.

After a quiet showing to that point, the Sox finally got to Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada in the seventh. A leadoff single from Yolmer Sanchez, Moncada's replacement, eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by Alen Hanson, Garcia's replacement. Joe Biagini relieved Estrada in the eighth and surrendered a leadoff walk to Leury Garcia, an RBI double off the wall by Jose Abreu and a two-run bomb by Matt Davidson. Biagini was replaced by Ryan Tepera, whom Sanchez promptly went yard against to cut the deficit to 6-5.

In a sign of things to come, Hanson grabbed a deflection in foul ground by Abreu to make an amazing catch that ended the top of the ninth. After getting the first out, Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna allowed an infield single to Engel and hit Garcia, putting the winning run on. Tyler Saladino struck out, but Abreu picked him with a base hit to score Engel and tie the game. Finally, Davidson delivered a base hit that brought home Garcia and earned him his second straight Gatorade bath in the aftermath of his last-at-bat heroics.

This isn't a season in which games with every type of emotion should be expected, but it happened with this one. From dreading the thought of a wrench getting thrown into the rebuild to completing a comeback of a large magnitude, it wasn't for the faint of heart. Luckily, the Sox have a strong will, something they've displayed time and again this season. Imagine how much more we'll see this when the talent matures and the team returns to contention.

The calendar flips to August on Tuesday, which is when this series continues. Mike Pelfrey will take the ball against Marcus Stroman at 7:10. Hopefully by then, we'll know even more about how long Moncada and Garcia will be out. The early reports are good, but it would be nice to have further peace of mind.

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 Name one other game this season that gave you so much satisfaction. Come on. I dare you.


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