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Walk-off Walk for the Win: We'll Take It!

August 5 vs. Tampa Bay Rays

Sox Project Update:
Barely scraping by
Well, they didn't get swept. Yay?

Short Take:  Sox offense tallies 5 runs in the 1st inning, but falls sound asleep afterwards; Rays tie it up and take it to extras, but their closer walks in the walk-off; Sox win 6-5 in 10

Although today's game result gets chalked up in the W column, I found myself in the 8th inning wondering: How many different ways can the 2015 White Sox find to try to lose a game?

What looked like might be today's new and interesting method of losing started off with the Sox scoring a bunch (5) runs off a good pitcher in the very 1st inning (although we've seen that 1st inning run barrage quite recently). But then, the bats went silent, and the starting pitching and relievers let the Rays chip away - here a run, there a run, everywhere a Rays run. And pretty soon, the Rays had tied up a game that the Sox had looked like they had in hand.

But fortunately, the Sox are pretty darn good in extra innings.

And fortunately, Sox closer Dave Robertson, who has had trouble closing anything lately, was locked in today, and pitched two scoreless innings.

And fortunately again, Avisail Garcia was patient at the plate with bases loaded, and allowed the Rays' closer to walk him and thus give up the winning run in extra innings.

And that's how the method for losing morphed into a method of winning, and Sox narrowly avoided being swept for the season by the Tampa Bay Rays.

As good as starter Erasmo Ramirez has been for the Rays this season, it didn't seem to matter to the Sox in the 1st inning, as they quickly piled up 5 runs. Adam Eaton led off with a walk. Tyler Saladino singled. Melky Cabrera doubled to score Eaton. Jose Abreu singled to score Saladino. Then Avisail Garcia sent a 3-run bomb into the left field seats -- and just like that, it was 5-0 Sox.

But that was all Ramirez would give up to the Sox. He pitched 6 innings, giving up only 5 hits and those 5 runs.

And the Rays didn't give up. They chipped away at that lead, starting in the 3rd inning. Back-to back doubles by Evan Longoria and Logan Forsythe, and then a bloop single by Asdrubal Cabrera that dropped between Avi Garcia and Carlos Sanchez in right field, made the score 5-2.

In the 5th, the Rays creeped closer when Longoria hit a solo homer off of Sox starter Carlos Rodon. Apparently Rodon was on a short leash, because when he walked Forsythe after the Longoria homer, Robin Ventura yanked him for Matt Albers. Albers promptly gave up a double to Asdrubal Cabrera and it was 5-4 Sox.

In the 7th, Asdrubal Cabrera advanced Longoria to 3rd by getting his 4th hit of the day. But Cabrera took too wide of a turn, and got caught in a rundown. Despite terrible execution of the rundown by the Sox, Alexei Ramirez managed to just barely tag Cabrera (and the play was reviewed and upheld). That became an important second out, when James Loney grounded out to first to end the inning and hold the lead for the Sox.

Zach Duke came in to pitch the 8th for the Sox. He allowed a single to Curt Casali and then Brandon Guyer's double scored the run that tied the game 5-5.

Called in to the 9th inning of the 5-5 game, Dave Roberston did a great job holding the Rays at bay in the 9th and the 10th innings, sitting down all 6 hitters that he faced with 4 Ks.

The 10th inning saw the Rays bring in their closer, Brad Boxberger. The first batter he faced, Adam Eaton, singled and stole second, then advanced to 3rd when Asdrubal Cabrera took his eye off the throw from the catcher and got hit in the face with the ball. Cabrera exited the game several minutes later, appearing to have been shaken up by the blow. With Eaton on 3rd and no outs, Tyler Saladino hit a fly to left field, but unfortunately it was not deep enough to score Eaton.

The Rays then intentionally walked Abreu and Melky Cabrera. With bases loaded, it was all up to Avisail Garcia, who already had 3 RBIs today. Garcia was patient at the plate - and Boxberger walked him, walking in the winning run and giving Garcia his 4th RBI of the game. Thank heavens it ended there, because the next scheduled hitter was Adam LaRoche. I consider that a bullet dodged.

So a win is a win, even if it was the type of game where the Sox hung on by their fingernails and just barely pulled it off. Baseball is a funny game.

Of note:

  • Rodon's line today: 4.2 IP, 6 hits, 4 ER, 2 walks and 3 Ks. Albers and Putnam each pitched an inning or so in relief, in addition to Duke and Robertson.
  • Catcher Geo Soto was NOT falling forward and putting his hand in the dirt when he throws the ball back, as he was doing earlier in the season. Hmmm.

The Sox are off tomorrow, but face the AL Central-leading Kansas City Royals for the 1st game in a 3-game series on Friday at 7:10 pm CST. John Danks is scheduled to face Edinson Volquez.

Rebuilding Recap:
 The crew is still scrambling and I'd say this project is walking the line.

submitted by ChiSoxGal85

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