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Home Sweet...Road? Sale Sinks Brewers

May 12 at Milwaukee Brewers

Sox Project Update:
Still here...
Still rebuilding, still behind schedule, and still looking for that hot streak to get back on track

Short Take:  Shades of Sale as the stopper of old, and Sox find ways to score a few and beat the Brewers 4-2

We have so missed that Chris Sale who was the ace of the staff in 2014, the Cy Young candidate, the stopper, the monarch of the K-Zone. He's not been around much in 2015. Today, it was good to see shades of that Sale, and to watch the Sox beat the Brewers 4-2 in the second game of this series.

Sale pitched 8 innings and allowed 2 runs on 3 hits, struck out 11, walked 1, threw in some stellar defense – maybe in an attempt to embarrass his fielders into playing better. He even attempted to pitch in, haha, with the bat, although that aspect of his game was not pretty. (Hey, National League - can you please switch to the DH? Watching pitchers hit is painful and boring.)

The Sox started this game poorly, and I might have turned off this game right then had I not been in charge of writing this TBGR. The Sox half of the 1st was created from the same crappy crumpled-up blueprint that this team has used for most of this season. Sale gave up a leadoff triple to Jean Segura on a long fly ball to center, despite a good effort by Adam Eaton. A fielder's choice by Ryan Braun scored Segura from 3rd. Then Conor Gillaspie fumbled a Carlos Gomez grounder, allowing enough time for the speedy Gomez to beat the throw. A pitch or two later, the crafty Sale had Gomez picked off. Jose Abreu threw to 2nd to peg Gomez…and Micah Johnson dropped the ball. Fortunately, no more scoring occurred that inning, and after that fiasco, the Sox were down only 1-0.

Brewers starter Mike Fiers cruised through the Sox lineup the first 3 innings. Avisail Garcia finally got a hit in the 4th inning, and the Sox built an opportunity with runners on 1st and 3rd with 2 outs, but Gillaspie popped up to foul territory to end the threat.

After the adventurous 1st inning, Sale settled in nicely. In the 4th inning, he even showed the rest of the Sox how to do that "defense" thing, with a nice behind-the-back, Buehrle-like pick of a Ryan Braun grounder. Also in the 4th, the Sox got a Mulligan on the botched pickoff play in the 1st – Sale again picked off Gomez, and this time Johnson held on to the ball for the out.

The Sox finally threw some water on Fiers in the 5th inning. Back-to-back doubles by Alexei Rameriz and Tyler Flowers were followed by a Johnson single, and Sox led 2-1. This joyous occasion was followed by Sale's attempt to bunt Johnson over, which failed miserably in all three tries.

We Sox fans know that most of the time, runs tallied by the White Sox must immediately be gifted back to the opponent. Sale did not disappoint, and gave up a solo homer to the first hitter in the next inning and it was a tie game.

But the Sox took the lead in the top of the 8th when they loaded the bases with a walk, a single, and a wild pitch, and an intentional walk. Then Rameriz put the Sox ahead with a sac fly to center. Abreu followed up with his 20th RBI of the season to give the Sox an insurance run, and the Sox turned over a 4-2 lead to closer Dave Robertson.

Robertson must have had his short-term memory of his last outing (a blown save) effectively wiped out, for he shut down the Brewers in order for the save, and only the Sox's 3rd road win this season.

The final game of the 3-game series is tomorrow at 7:10 pm in Milwaukee. Jose Quintana is scheduled to face Jimmy Nelson.

Rebuilding Recap:
 Is a solid Sale start a sign for resurgence? Only time will tell.

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