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Nearly Perfect: Sale Dominates Angels

May 12 vs. LA Angels

Today's Game Rating:
It doesn't get much better than this.

Short Take:  Chris Sale one-hits the Angels, Alexei Ramirez provides offensive boost for a much-needed Mother’s Day Sox win

When the Sox lost their second game to the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday, I sighed and turned off the TV. “Well,” I muttered under my breath, “at least tomorrow Sale is starting. Maybe I’ll get to write a winning Sunday TBGR.”

And oh, how impressive of a win it turned out to be, as Chris Sale put up the best Sox starting pitching performance of the season thus far. Sale dominated the Angels with a complete game one-hit shutout, allowing only a ground ball single to Mike Trout in the seventh inning. The Sox offense, sparked by Alexei Ramirez, finally got the job done without the benefit of a single home run. The Sox beat the Angels 3-0, avoiding a sweep at home.

Despite their righty-heavy lineup, the Angels could not figure out Chris Sale. He kept the Angels off balance with his sweeping slider and speed changes, and never once seemed out of control of his game.

Against Angels starter CJ Wilson, the Sox offense early struggled (once again) with runners in scoring position. But they kept plugging away, especially Ramirez, who was 3 for 4 with a double and two stolen bases. His most important hit came in the seventh when he singled in the two Tylers (Flowers and Greene) to take the lead 2-0. This chased Wilson from the game, but Alex Rios promptly doubled off reliever Michael Kohn, scoring Ramirez. That was plenty enough run support to allow Sale to complete the game with 98 pitches and seven strikeouts.

What a nice Mother’s Day present for this White Sox fan/mom, and a great all-around game.

Of note:

  • Dayan Viciedo walked. Twice. He has walked FOUR times since coming back from the DL on Friday. Prior to going on the DL, he had not walked all season. Hey, Charlotte: Who is this guy and what did you do with Tank? (Never mind-we’ll keep him.)
  • Today’s Sox lineup excluded Adam Dunn and included Paul Konerko back at first base, Casper Wells in left field, Dayan Viciedo at DH, Jeff Keppinger at third and Tyler Greene at second.
  • This game was the Sunday night ESPN baseball game, so no Ken Harrelson or Steve Stone…instead, we got John Kruk, Orel Hershiser, and Dan Shulman. ESPN, meet Chris Sale. You’re welcome.

The Sox head to Minnesota to play the Twins Monday night; Hector Santiago faces Pedro Hernandez. Game time at 7:10 pm CST.

Hawk and Stoney's Thumb Guide:
 Hawk: "Thumbs up...but dadgummit, how come they play like this on our day off?" Steve: "I agree, Ken, but thumbs up for a stellar performance by Chris Sale and for the win."

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