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Same Sale, Same Bullpen

September 24 at Detroit

Daily Sox Crop Report:
Stinky weeds
Certain pitchers caused an unpleasant odor over the healthy Sale plants.

Short Take:   Chris Sale locks into a pitchers duel with Justin Verlander, but cannot last as long and predictable results happen.

If Chris Sale was going to go out in 2014, it only seemed appropriate he do it in style against the Detroit Tigers' Justin Verlander at Comerica Park during a pennant race. For the majority of Wednesday's game, everyone got the pitcher's duel they had hoped to see. Then, the White Sox were forced to go to the bullpen and lost their final 2014 road game 6-1.

Through the first five innings, both teams threatened to break across the scoreboard, but couldn't. Sale put runners on first and second twice in the first three innings without allowing a run. A major highlight of his outing came in the third. Faced with the aforementioned situation, he struck out Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez to get out of the inning. That is a man at the top of our rotation.

In the fifth, the Sox found Jordan Danks and Marcus Semien on first and third with one out, hoping to break Verlander's groove. Instead, Danks was thrown out at home on a fielder's choice and Alexei Ramirez lined out. Fortunes were better in the sixth when Jose Abreu led off with a single, stole second, moved to third on an error and came home on Dayan Viciedo's triple. Sometimes, moving one base at a time is all you need to get results on offense.

The bottom of the sixth was when the tide turned. Sale hit Victor Martinez and the two engaged in a shouting match, causing both dugouts and bullpens to empty. Nothing else came of the actions, but the course of the game truly changed after J.D. Martinez doubled and Nick Castellanos hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game.

Sale departed after the inning with a line of six innings, just the one run, four hits and 10 strikeouts. His grand total for the season is 26 starts, 208 strikeouts, 174 innings and a 2.17 ERA which will make him the first Sox pitcher to win the AL title since Joel Horlen in 1967. Hats off to our Cy Young candidate.

Sadly, Sale could only watch the seventh as Javy Guerra fell in line with so many other Sox pitchers this season. With one out, the speedy Rajai Davis singled and subsequently scored on Ian Kinsler's double. Torii Hunter singled and Cabrera's sacrifice fly gave Detroit an insurance run they wouldn't even need.

Verlander retired all three hitters in the eighth and left with only the one run as a blemish on his afternoon. As a final insult, three more Tiger runs scored off Matt Lindstrom, making Joe Nathan's closing services unnecessary. No matter though. Joakim Soria had an easy ninth like he did many times during his years as the Royals' closer.

We only need to suffer through one more series against the Royals and this frustrating season can finally be put to bed. It begins Thursday at U.S. Cellular Field at 7:10. Jose Quintana can finish his year at 10-10 if he beats James Shields. You can watch his effort on Comcast SportsNet.

As this is my final TBGR of the season, I would like to once again thank voodoo and the other admins for allowing me to come aboard as a correspondent in July. It's been a blast fulfilling the duty of a feature that helped draw me to WSI to begin with. I can't wait to come back next year for a full season and hopefully, better baseball to recount.

The Futures Market:
 Sale will continue to fetch high returns going forward, but the bullpen needs to be sold now, no matter how much value is gone.

submitted by thomas35forever.

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