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Power Special

September 3 vs. Detroit


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The Sox literally shot for the stars in this game.

Short Take: Every run is scored via the homer, and the White Sox walk off the Tigers with the last one.

There was a time during this 2018 season that the White Sox were poised to break the franchise's single-season record for losses (106 in 1970). Thanks to some hot play over the past few weeks, the thought of this being the worst Sox team ever has become a distant memory. After Monday's wild 4-2 win over the Detroit Tigers, the Sox would have to lose out to even tie that dubious mark. The way this and other recent games went, it's impossible to fathom the Sox dropping 24 straight (sorry, tankers).

Nicky Delmonico wasted no time getting support for Reynaldo Lopez, hitting Michael Fulmer's first pitch to the seats in right-center field for a 1-0 Sox lead. That score held for most of Lopez's outing, during which he struck out six and walked no one. He remained unblemished until the seventh inning, when Niko Goodrum led off with a home run to tie the game at 1. Despite a solid afternoon, Lopez left after that inning and had to settle for a no-decision Jose Quintana would have been proud of.

Ian Hamilton relieved Lopez and pitched a perfect eighth, which included his first major league strikeout victim in Victor Reyes. Hamilton also fanned Nick Castellanos to lead off the ninth before Rick Renteria replaced him with Jace Fry. The move backfired as longtime Sox nemesis Victor Martinez took Fry yard for a 2-1 Tigers lead. The 39-year-old Martinez has played most of his lengthy career in the American League Central, so it should come as no surprise that he has more runs (113), hits (255) and home runs (32) against the Sox than any other opponent.

Things looked bleak, but the Sox were ready for Tigers closer Shane Greene. Daniel Palka was the first hitter up, and he took Greene opposite field for a game-tying dinger. Welington Castillo, in his first game back from his long suspension, got a base hit before being lifted for Ryan Cordell, who was making his big league debut as a pinch runner. Cordell didn't stay out for long because Matt Davidson deposited the first pitch he saw into the Sox's bullpen and set off one of the wild walk-off celebrations we baseball fans love to see.

Not only are the Sox winning ballgames, but they're finding different ways to do so with their offense. The pitching, especially the rotation, has held up its end of the bargain, so the outcome typically depends on the lineup these days. If they're not jumping on their opponent early, they're doing so in the later innings, often in comeback or walk-off fashion. Hopefully, this is a precursor to what will come when the rebuild is complete, which doesn't seem so far away now.

The good times are rolling for the Sox at the moment, and they hope they'll continue Tuesday. Lucas Giolito will start against one-time Sox rental Francisco Liriano. The game starts at 7:10. You might want to watch because a loss no longer is a given with this team.

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 This team suddenly looks decent. Imagine a full season of that.


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Totally Biased Game Recaps

September 18...Klubered, but Not Clobbered

September 16... Baltimore Blanked

September 10... Thrown Away

September 8... Anaheim Annihilation

September 3... Power Special

September 1... 18 Strikeouts Later, the White Sox Lose

August 30...Leaky Bullpen Bombed by Boston

August 27... Burning the Bronx

August 25... Tigers Tank as Giolito Gleams

August 21...Kopech-setic

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