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Wait, What? A Sox Starter Won a Game?

August 14 at Detroit Tigers

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A little skill and a little luck leads to a winner.

Short Take: After coughing up 3 runs to the Tigers in the first inning, Lucas Giolito holds the Tigers by the tail and Sox bats churn out runs for a 6-3 win

What with Detroit being just barely better than the Sox in the W-L record area, and inconsistent Lucas Giolito on the mound, this was the kind of game that could go either way. And I could only imagine the outcome, after the first inning went something like this:

White Sox: “Hey, here’s an idea. Let’s come out of the gate charging, and score 3 runs in the 1st inning.”

Tigers: “Here, hold my beer, Lucas.”

Ten minutes later, the game was tied.

But…and it’s a big BUT….that was all that Giolito or any other Sox pitcher on the mound tonight gave up, and with some additional well-timed Sox offense, the Sox beat the Tigers 6-3.

That quick 3-0 lead after the top of the first was courtesy of a couple-three hits and some smart baserunning by Daniel Palka. With bases loaded, Kevan Smith flew out, allowing Jose Abreu to score from third. Matt Davidson scampered to 3rd, and then scored when Palka, who was on first, headed toward 2nd, then put on the brakes and coaxed the Tigers infield into a lengthy rundown play. So Smith got a rare 2-RBI sac fly.

The Tigers came back in the 1st with a couple of hits, and then Victor Martinez double to make it 3-2. Jim Adduci singled to tie the game and we were right back where we started.

But it wasn’t long before Michigan native Ryan LaMarre untied the game with a solo shot in the 2nd, his first major league hit and home run. And Jose Abreu padded the lead in the 5th with a grasstop-burner double to the right field corner, scoring Tim Anderson and Yolmer Sanchez.

Gioloto settled in nicely after the 1st. Despite some nail-biting moments in the 6th when the Tigers loaded the bases with none out, those 3 runs were all that Giolito gave up, and he struck out 7 and walked one over 6 innings. Xavier Cedeno, Jace Fry, and Juan Minaya all chipped in scoreless outings, with Fry striking out 4 over 2 innings.

All in all, nice to see a Sox starter finally get some run support and bullpen support in the same game. Those things = a welcome win.

The Sox face the Tigers tomorrow at 12:10 pm CST; Carlos Rodon vs. Jordan Zimmermann.

Fun Da Mentalz:
 This one was a real team effort.

submitted by ChiSoxGal85

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