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Better Late Than Never

April 20, vs. Cleveland

Sox Project Update:
Wins are wins
After giving away late game leads left and right last year, don't let anyone tell you tonight was a "cheap" win

Short Take:Melky Cabrera delivers game-winning RBI single to cap 9th inning rally as Sox top Indians 4-3

After last seasonís nightmare that saw the Sox bullpen give away every tenuous lead they were given in late game situations, it was nice on this, the 12th game of the season, to get some much needed payback. The White Sox offense, seemingly dead and nowhere to be found for 8 innings tonight, erupted to life against Indians closer Cody Allen, as Melky Cabrera delivered the decisive blow with a bases loaded, RBI single to score Tyler Flowers and push the Sox past the Tribe, 4-3.

The whole thing, of course, may never have happened if not for a possibly boneheaded tactical error on the part of Indians manager Terry Francona, who started utility infielder Mike Aviles in centerfield over Michael Bourn. Avilesís night was relatively unremarkable until the 9th inning, when he was unable to track back far enough to catch Alexei Ramirezís double to dead center field. The hit scored Avisail Garcia and Conor Gillaspie. Although it is impossible to say the comeback never would have happened if Francona had used his regular, Gold Glove winning centerfielder in the 9th inning to help protect his 3-run lead (Allenís stuff tonight was truly terrible), had that ball been caught, the Sox would likely be facing a 3-1 deficit with 2 outs in the 9th and the bottom 2 of the order coming up, instead of down 3-2 with 1 out and the tying run in scoring position.

The rally would be good enough on its own; the Sox scored 4 runs on 6 hits, 2 of them for extra bases, and added a walk, but compared to the first 8 innings in which they managed to put just 7 runners on base and were held scoreless on another fine outing by Trevor Bauer, who seems to be turning the corner in his career as a notorious Sox slayer. That isnít to say there werenít chances to put a crooked number on the board; in the 1st, 3rd, and 4th, the Sox had at least 1 runner in scoring position, but in those chances with RISP, they went a collective 0-5 with 2 K, a GIDP, and walk.

All of this was in (non) support of John Danks, who pitched 6 innings of perfectly acceptable ball (6 hits, 3 runs allowed, 4 strikeouts, and 2 walks), and yes, it is hard to feel sympathy for the highest paid pitcher on your staff with an ERA north of 6, but in the first 2 and 8/9 of the games Danks has started this year, the Sox offense provided him with 3 runs of support.

But all that negativity is in the rear view mirror, at least for the night. The win improves the team to 5-7 on the young season. Game 2 of this 3-game series is tomorrow night as Hector Noesi goes for his first win of the season against Carlos Carrasco, making his return to the mound a week after getting hit in the head with a line drive off the bat of Melky Cabrera. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM Central time and the game will be on Comcast Sports Net Plus.

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