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Big Game James

May 17th, 2018 vs Texas Rangers


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The Sox jumped the Rangers in the 8th inning.

Short Take:James Shields magnificent and Sox rally in the 8th for comeback win

It was free t-shirt night at 35th and Shields and the slogan emblazoned on the front was "Rickyís Boys Donít Quit". The Sox faced an old AL Central foe in Doug Fister. This shirt would prove to be well timed as the Pale Hose welcomed the Texas Rangers to the South Side with a spirited comeback and a great outing by James Shields.

Ye olde AL Central foe Doug Fister kept the Sox offense in check most of this game scattering 6 singles in 7 innings of work. In the 3rd inning, another old AL Central nemesis, Shin Soo Choo, drove in Ronald Guzman for the first Texas Rangers run. It was a pretty fundamental sequence for the Rangers as Guzman had been bunted over in the previous AB. Choo just shot a smash into the hole out of the reach of Moncada. At the time, I thought the Rangers were nuts for sac bunting and playing for one run so early in the game but this lead ended up holding up quite a long time in this game.

James Shields pitched fantastic for the Sox tonight and was the only reason the Sox hung around in this game. Yes, I said James Shields. He was magnificent and had great command of everything in what is left of his arsenal. James got a lot of swing and miss with his curveball and slider keeping the Rangers off balance and racking up an impressive 8 strikeouts. The Sox offense rewarded him with the old Quintana treatment of scoring zero runs while he was out there putting in some serious work. After some of the recent awful starts by White Sox pitching, this quality start effort put in by Shields tonight felt like I was watching a Cy Young performance. James pitched into the 8th inning tonight and turned the game over to Luis Avilan after allowing a one out single to Shin Soo Choo. Unfortunately, Nomar Mazara hit a relatively soft chopper that bounced over Abreu and into the RF corner that drove in an insurance run for the Rangers making it 2-0. This one felt like it was heading to another shutout loss however, the script got flipped in the bottom of the inning.

The Sox finally showed some life in the bottom of the 8th. Moncada got things going with a line drive missile into the RF corner for his 3rd hit of the game. It is chicken soup for the battered Sox fanbase to see our top prospect stinging the ball with authority since coming off the DL. The ball was blistered so hard that it got stuck under the padding in RF making it a ground rule double per the ground rules. After the leadoff double, the Texas Rangers showed the Sox a tremendous amount of charity. A grounder from Sanchez was misplayed by Leclerc, and he reached on a throwing error allowing Moncada to score and cutting the Rangers lead in half at 2-1. Nicky Delmonico and Matt Davidson both worked walks to load the bases for Welington Castillo. An energetic crowd on the South Side was on their feet most of this inning and Castillo delivered a 2 RBI double to RF giving the Sox their first lead of the night. It was a lead the Sox would not relinquish. Nate Jones allowed a couple of baserunners in the 9th to make things interesting but he nailed down the save to preserve the win.

Despite a 3 hit effort by Moncada tonight including the double that ingnited the 8th inning rally, tonight was all about James Shields. A couple weeks ago James mentioned in the press how the young White Sox had to start learning how to win some of these close games. To his credit, he led by example out there tonight and kept his team in the game long enough for a comeback victory. This was a much needed fun game for the Sox players and their fans who have grown a bit gray haired and weary watching bad baseball unfold this rebuilding season. The Sox will look to take Game 2 tomorrow night as Carson Fulmer will take the ball in what could decide his fate in the rotation. The Rangers have yet to name a starting pitcher.

Game Notes-

-James Shields line was 7.1IP, 1ER, 3H, 3BB, 8K

-Yoan Moncada was 3 for 4, 1R scored, 1 double, and 2 singles

-Nate Jones was the closer of choice tonight and earned the save

-Cole Hamels was originally slated to start for Texas tonight but was a late scratch

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