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Great Scott! Sox Route Rays, Rookie Wins Debut

April 27 vs Tampa Bay Rays

Daily Sox Crop Report: Cool week only temporarily stunted growth; looking healthier today

Short Take: Scott Carroll keeps the Rays bats down while Rays fumble afield; Sox take advantage and beat Rays 9-2

Not to bring up a painful subject…but…remember 2013? Remember last year's White Sox team that would fumble away runs and not hit their way out of a paper bag, even behind their number one starter?

Well, that was today's…Tampa Bay Rays! And how nice it is to be on the other side of that hot mess as the Sox won the third game of this series 9-2.

The good news is - it wasn't all the Rays' fault that the Sox won this game. Credit must be given to the fine pitching performance by Sox starting pitcher Scott Carroll.

Scott Carroll? Who the heck is that, you say?

With Chris Sale on the 15-day DL, and Felipe Paulino and Erik Johnson having showed nothing and removed from the rotation, the Sox have been scrambling to fill the holes with starters. Today, they called up Carroll from Charlotte to make his major league debut.

It was indeed a spendid debut for the 29-year-old righty, in the presence of a large contingent of family and friends at the Cell. Carroll allowed only 1 earned run in 7+ innings, and exited to a rousing ovation by an appreciative Sunday family crowd, including Hawk Harrellson.

On this windy day, it was a great day to to be a groundball pitcher. Carroll induced 13 grounds to two flyouts, including getting the dangerous Evan Longoria to GIDP twice.

After a quiet first half of the game, the Rays scored their first run when Dayan Viciedo completely muffed a Yunel Escobar fly ball, and then neglected to immediately turn around and pick up the ball, allowing David Dejesus to score all the way from 1st base.

Fortunately, the Rays couldn't muster up much else against Carroll, who kept the ball down and produced 7.1 IP, 6 hits, 2 runs, 1 ER, 2 walks and 3 Ks.

Rays starter David Price stymied Sox hitters until the 6th inning, when the Rays morphed into a Little League team. The Sox scored 5 runs on 3 Rays errors in that inning, including 2 errors on one play. Price threw a bunted ball 'way down the right field line, then right fielder Wil Myers picked up the ball and spent some time contemplating the beauty of the infield, or something - he certainly didn't throw the ball in to the infield, so Adam Eaton took the opportunity to score. Price promptly followed up that play with a tasty meatball served up to the mighty Jose Abreu, who hit it deep into the left field seats for a 2-run homer. With that bomb, Abreu set the rookie record for RBIs in April with 31.

The Sox added a few more runs in the 7th with a double from Semien (his 14th RBI of the season), a single from Abreu scoring 2 more, and Alexei Rameriz single.

I was prepared to like Scott Carroll – how can you not like a guy who does this video? – so for this totally biased Sox fan, it was good to see him have a solid debut with a White Sox winner.

The Sox and Rays play the final game of the series on Monday. Andre Rienzo (1-0) faces Jake Odorizzi (1-2) at 7:10 pm. It's Dog Day at the Cell, so be prepared for lots of canine puns by the broadcast staff.

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