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Hits For Sale!

June 9th vs. the Houston Astros

Today's Sox Crew:
Precision Welders and Pile Drivers
Chris Sale applied his precision welding of the strike zone and Sox hitters fired up the heavy machinery, driving Houston piles.

Short Take:Chris Sale sold us all on his ability to shut down opposing hitters, giving up no runs in eight innings as the Sox whomped the Astros 10-1.

Step right up! Take a number! Everybody hits! What's that, A.J. -- you didn't get a hit today? That's a shame, but you did call a great game for Chris Sale, who dominated the Houston Astros today as the Sox thumped the Gulf Coast guests 10-1 on a sunny Chicago Saturday.

Though the score was comically lopsided, Sale was the real story. Extending his record to 8-2, he pitched eight shutout innings with seven strikeouts, no walks, and four scattered hits. He's all arms and legs, using his body like a whip as he flings the ball past befuddled hitters. He reminds me of one of those inflatable stick men that flop around in front of stores. Those guys are all waving arms and bodies, and they too are used to draw attention to a sale (insert rimshot and groan here).

Our Sale, though, is much more than an inflatable curiosity. He's the goods, and here's hoping his goods stay in place. But ten runs! This story is fun to tell, so let's get started.

Not much happened through the first four innings. Sale was cruising (not sailing -- the ship has sailed on that pun), and Houston starter Jordan Lyles seemed to have little trouble with the Sox. But in the bottom of the fifth it was as if the White Sox had cracked Lyles' code and the merry-go-round began. Alexei Ramirez led off, reaching on an error by thirdbaseman Matt Downs. Jordan Danks then singled as Ramirez ran to third on secondbaseman Jose Altuve's error. Eduardo Escobar walked to load the bases, then Alejandro De Aza laced an RBI single to right. Gordon Beckham then singled, scoring two more. Adam Dunn punctuated the conga line with a sacrifice fly to score De Aza. Paul Konerko walked, and Alex Rios singled to center and Beckham came marching home. When the music finally stopped the score was 5-0 for the Sox.

After another Sale shutout inning to cleanse the palate, the Sox came back to pick up another run in the sixth. Danks singled again and picked up his first major-league stolen base (I know that after a guy's first MLB hit the ball is saved as his souvenir; does that mean that Danks gets to keep second base after his first steal?). De Aza then singled to put Danks on third, and Beckham singled again to score Danks. Everybody dance! It's 6-0 Sox and the sun keeps shining.

The fun continued in the eighth. Escobar singled, De Aza singled, Beckham singled, and the bases were loaded for Adam Dunn. What would you write in a script if the scene were set on a sunny hometown Saturday? Of course you would, and of course he did. Dunn launched a missle to the green void in center, eliciting handshakes all around and making the score 10-0 for our South Side Subjugators.

Robin Ventura showed again what a generous fellow he is by bringing in Zach Stewart to pitch the ninth. Stewart has an annoying habit of giving up late-inning home runs and he didn't disappoint today. Jed Lowrie led off with a solo shot, which, though it didn't realistically affect the game, took some of the shine off Chris Sale's shutout. The Astros were finally retired after another single and the White Sox strode triumphantly across the diamond.

The Sox proved today what Tim McCarver might say, and probably has: if you score nine more runs than your opponent, you're likely to win the game.

KW Appreciates The Game:
"I appreciate Chris Sale! He's the best of both worlds: he's a great pitcher and I only have to pay him a rookie salary! Yeah, I appreciate that!"

submitted by tebman.

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