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Sale, Garcia Power Sox Past Angels

August 10, vs. Los Angeles


Sox Project Update:
Better, at least for today
Nothing like a beat down of a playoff contender to rinse the taste of this weekend out of your mouth

Short Take: Sale dominates and Avisail belts a pair of homers as Sox pound LA

No, Monday’s 8-2 blitz of the Angels probably won’t make you forget this past Week from Hell. You won’t forget that the Sox are now just 3-8 and in a tailspin that has cemented their status as Wild Card Pretenders. You won’t forget the agonizing 3 straight 1-run losses to the pesky Royals. But maybe, just maybe, you watched Monday’s series opener and for three hours put those troubles out of your mind as the Sox brought out the big bats and big arms and took out some therapeutic aggression on the Angels.

Chris Sale got the nod for the Sox and, following a couple of mediocre starts, rediscovered the magic tonight. He was brilliant, throwing 104 pitches and working into the 8th inning, allowing only 2 meaningless runs when the game was already well out of reach, and stifling the Angels’ potent offense, scattering 5 hits and punching out 7.

Offensively, the story tonight was Avisail Garcia, still in a deep funk after his hot start to the 2015 season; entering tonight, he was hitting just .220/.275/.306 since mid-May. Garcia belted a pair of homers off Angels starter Matt Shoemaker; the first coming in the 4th inning to give Sale some real breathing room and the second, coming in a 4-run, 9-batter 6th inning that turned tonight’s game into a laugher.

There’s plenty of praise to go around tonight, though. From the top of the lineup, to the bottom, the Sox grinded out 13 hits and took Shoemaker deep 3 times for a comprehensive offensive effort. They scored in almost every imaginable way; Adam Eaton scored the first run of the game on a sacrifice fly from Melky Cabrera in the 1st, Tyler Flowers took Shoemaker deep to lead off the 3rd, and Alexei Ramirez capped the scoring with a 2-out RBI single. It was a good night at the plate.

Nate Jones made his second appearance of the season, mopping up the last inning and change, working out of a jam in the 8th and putting the Angels down 1-2-3 in the 9th.

Game 2 of this three-game set will be tomorrow night at the Cell. Carlos Rodon will take the mound for the Sox looking to rebound after a couple of lackluster efforts in his last few starts, against former Sox lefty Hector Santiago, who struggled mightily last season, but found his touch in 2015 and was an AL All-Star about a month ago. First pitch is at 7:10 PM and the game will be on WPWR Channel 50.

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