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Sox Make it Five, Climb to Third

July 27, at Boston

Sox Project Update:
Lumber Dept. finally up and running?
Another big night for the bats, hopefully a sign that they have turned the corner

Short Take: Sox drop 10 on Boston for 5th straigh win to pull even with slumping Tigers in tightening AL Playoff Race

Adam Eaton and Tyler Saladino led off Monday’s game with back-to-back triples, the first time that’s happened for the Sox in 61 years; an omen for the zany slugfest that was to unfold over the next few hours at Fenway Park. After dominating the Indians in a thoroughly satisfying four-game sweep this weekend, the Sox offense stayed hot and, for the first time in seemingly forever, bailed out a shaky pitching performance and some bad defense, scoring early, late, and in between to top the Red Sox 10-8 Monday night.

As mentioned, Eaton and Saladino started the game off with a bang, Adam tripling off the Green Monster in left and Saladino shooting the very next pitch down the right field line into Fenway’s crazy angles. While both balls were well struck, they also were misplayed in the outfield, allowing the speedy Eaton and Saladino to cruise into third relatively effortlessly. Moments later, though, the Sox got a big scare when Red Sox starter Joe Kelly drilled Jose Abreu in the hand. After a few minutes with Herm Schneider, Abreu stayed in the game and wound up having a productive night at the plate, going 2-3 with an RBI, two runs, and raising his batting average to a hair under .300.

Mind you, this is all the first three batters of the evening. Eventually the Sox put 4 runs on Kelly in the first inning and turned it over to John Danks, who despite his lackluster season stats, had been pitching well entering Monday night’s game. He'd allowed no runs in 3 of his last 4 starts, the final two against the Royals and Cardinals, arguably baseball’s two best teams. Against the last place Red Sox, though, he didn’t bring his A game. Or B game. Okay, let’s call a spade and spade and say the Danks brought his “Double Secret Probation” Game to the mound. By the second inning, his early 4-run lead had vanished. In the fourth, the Good Guys trailed 6-5.

I won’t judge you harshly if you had turned the TV off in disgust at that point. The 2015 White Sox have given us all enough reasons to question their drive, skill, desire, intestinal fortitude… Call it what you want, after Saladino’s miscue at third base gave the Red Sox a 5-4 lead in the 4th, it would not have been a stretch to think this team would go into its shell and play out the string for the rest of the night.

But for some reason, in the last week or so, this team’s offense has finally started to come around and the Sox not only fought back, they punched the hapless Red Sox right in the nose. They tied it up in the 5th on a passed ball. After relinquishing the lead again, rallies in the 6th, 7th, and 9th innings put 4 more runs on the board, punctuated by Adam Eaton driving in the tying run on a double and the eventual winning run on a sharp single in the 8th. Meanwhile, the equally maligned Tyler Flowers added a pair of RBIs to round out the scoring. Mayhem!

David Robertson needed 33 pitches to get through a somewhat tense 9th inning in which the Red Sox did eventually bring the winning run to the plate. The inning was highlighted by an 11-pitch battle between Robertson and former White Sox Alejandro de Aza, but in the end, catcher Ryan Hanigan’s soft ground ball to third base was sucked up by Tyler Saladino, who made a nice play and sharp throw to end the game, avenging some earlier miscues.

And fittingly, a wildly entertaining game segues to the wildly entertaining standings, as the Sox, now at 47-50, find themselves 3 games under .500 for the first time since July 11 and suddenly in the pack of the AL Wild Card chase. They’re now in a statistical tie with the Tigers for 3rd place in the division and now ahead of the Rangers, only 1˝ games behind Toronto who currently sit in 3rd overall in the AL Wild Card chase. With the Trade Deadline looming Friday, what was once a certainty has become increasingly murky.

Speaking of which, Jeff Samardzija is scheduled to start tomorrow night’s game as the Sox and Red Sox play the 2nd of this four-game series. As recently as last week, this looked to possibly be Jeff’s final start with the White Sox, but who’s to say what will happen now? Boston counters with Wade Miley, the 28-year-old veteran whose first season in Boston has been a struggle, but who has pitched well in his last two starts, holding the Astros and Angels to 1 run combined in 13 IP. First pitch is at 6:10 PM Central time and will be aired on Comcast Sports Net.

Rebuilding Recap:
Hard to tell if the Sox are starting to peak or offering a mirage at the worst possible time, but enjoy it, Sox fans, because it's been a while since there's been much to be excited about on the field

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