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June 30 at St. Louis Cardinals

Sox Project Update:
Minimal progress
Still have an awful lot of work to do

Short Take:  Chris Sale tries to do it all himself, on the mound and at the plate; no win for him, but a Tyler Flowers homer edges Sox over Cards in the 11th

In muggy St. Louis, the White Sox played tonight against the best team in Major League Baseball. Coming into this game, the Cardinals were 51-24 and the White Sox were 33-42. Not expecting much of a game, were we, Sox fans? But the Sox beat the Cardinals 2-1 in 11 innings.

That's because tonight the White Sox had Chris Sale. And Chris Sale gives even the 2015 Sox a chance to win - especially when he gets to use the bat, too. Allow me to explain…

As if Chris Sale hasn't done enough with the White Sox over the last 6 years, today he:

  • Started his 100th MLB game (all of them with the White Sox)
  • Made history by tying this MLB record: 8 consecutive games with 10 or more strikeouts. He did that in the 6th inning with a strikeout of Jhonny Peralta. Sale is tied with Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez.
  • Got his first major league base hit (a solid single to left field).
  • Scored his first run.
  • Almost got his first RBI.

Yet, Sale didn't get the win, because his teammates couldn't figure out how to score while he was pitching (yes, again). Sale pitched 8 innings and gave up 6 hits, 1 earned run, 12 Ks, 1 walk, and in typical 2015 Sox fashion, earned himself a no-decision despite a brilliant performance.

This being the National League, we got the dubious pleasure of watching pitchers hit. Sale was in search of his first major league hit, and perhaps he felt the need to do it all himself with this crappy Sox offense. Because not only did he get that hit in his first plate appearance off of Lance Lynn, Sale also came around to score when Jose Abreu's single took a fortuitous bounce off of the 2nd base bag.

I worried that Sale might have gassed himself by running the bases like a madman. But it must have pumped him up, because he struck out the side in the bottom of the 2nd inning.

Then in the 4th inning, Sale nearly got his first RBI, but Cardinals 1st baseman Xavier Scruggs heroically snagged Sale's grounder that tried to find a hole. The rest of the Sox hitters managed little against Lynn, although Lynn threw a lot more pitches than Sale and was out of the game after 6 innings. Between Lynn and the Cards bullpen, Sox hitters struck out 14 times – 4 times for Adam Eaton alone. But Cards hitters also struck out 14 times, so there's that.

Sale cruised along until the 8th. The only real mistake he made was in the 5th inning when he left a changeup up to Randal Grichuk, who hit it out of the park to tie the game.

In the 8th, Sale hit the 100+ pitch mark, and gave up two singles with 1 out. Then Avi Garcia and Jose Abreu converged on a Peralta pop up in foul territory, but collided and missed the ball. I snorted in disgust. Yeah, it was a tough play - but the way the Sox roll this year, I was sure that the missed catch might be tonight's White Sox "jump-the-shark" point. Fortunately, Sale got Peralta to strike out, then Mark Reynolds flew out, ending the Cardinals threat.

In the 9th, the Sox bullpen took over and hung in there, taking the game into extra innings. Jake Petricka, Zach Duke, and Daniel Webb held the Cards scoreless.

Then in the 11th, Tyler Flowers launched a solo homer off Miguel Socolovich, and the Sox took that slim lead to the bottom of the 11th. Dave Robertson came in and closed out the game, not without a bit of dramatics with several two-out hits – but I breathed a sigh of relief when the last out was made.

I know I'm gushing over Chris Sale, but in this rather bleak season, he is a real treat to watch. As a Sox fan, I feel it's been a privilege to watch him grow into the pitcher that he has become.

Sox face the Cardinals again tomorrow at 7:15 pm CST. Jose Quintana is scheduled to face John Lackey.

Rebuilding Recap:
 Sale is the foundation…let's get him some run support next time, eh, boys?

submitted by ChiSoxGal85

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