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Rodon Shines, Shuts Down Angels

August 11 vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Sox Project Update:
Crew seems to be back at work
But is it too late?

Short Take:  Carlos Rodon strikes out 11 in 3-0 win over Angels; Melky's birthday double and Trayce Thompson's first major league homer provide all the runs the Sox need

The White Sox continue to tease Sox fans, showing glimpses of the team that we thought they'd be this season.The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are a good team (59-52 record, 2nd in the AL west and currently in the race for a wild card spot), yet the Sox beat them for the second game in a row - even with sometimes erratic rookie starter Carlos Rodon on the mound.

But Rodon was anything but erratic today, especially if you disregard the 1st inning, in which he walked the lead off batter, gave up a hit and threw a lot of pitches, but got out of the inning unscathed. After the 1st inning, Rodon settled in and became nearly unhittable through 7 innings. He struck out a career-high 11, including the dangerous Mike Trout and Albert Pujols twice each. Rodon gave up no runs on 4 hits and only the 1 walk. Walks have been problematic for Rodon this season – but not tonight. This was probably his best outing of the season.

Angels starter (and former Sox pitcher) Hector Santiago was solid, just not solid enough to beat the tougher Rodon. Santiago cruised through the Sox batting order the first time. In the 4th inning, he gave up a hit to Tyler Saladino; then he plunked Jose Abreu. With runners on, red-hot Melky Cabrera celebrated his birthday by smoking a double that bounced all the way to the left-center wall, scoring both runners, and the Sox took a 2-0 lead.

The Sox extended the lead in the 5th inning, when Trayce Thompson got his first major league home run – a long solo shot to the left-center field bleachers. After his trip around the bases, Thompson was greeted in the Sox dugout with the silent treatment. Loved it! Congratulations to Trayce, and I hope this is the first of many more homers as a White Sox.

Santiago was pulled in the 6th for Cory Rasmus, who pitched the remainder of the game, and Rasmus held the White Sox hitless for the remainder of the game.

The Angels posted their only threat in the 8th inning. Reliever Zach Duke took over for Rodon, got one out, then gave up a single to Shane Victorino. After walking Kole Calhoun, Duke was lifted for Jake Petricka, to face Mike Trout and Albert Pujols. Trout hit a sharp ground ball that tried to sneak through the gap between 1st and 2nd, but Jose Abreu made a Herculean effort and got it. He threw to 2nd base – and Alexei Ramirez dropped the throw. His error left bases loaded and 1 out for Pujols. Petricka reached back for everything he had against Pujols, throwing 96 and 97 fastballs with movement. With a 1-2 count, Pujols hit a little chopper right back to Petricka. Petricka tossed to catcher Tyler Flowers for the force at home. Then Flowers fired to 1st to double up the slow-footed Pujols. Whew!

Dave Robertson closed out the 9th, setting down the Halos in order, and the Sox beat the Angels 3-0.

The Sox look to sweep the Angels in the last game in this 3-game series tomorrow at 7:10 pm CST. John Danks is scheduled to face Andrew Heaney.

Rebuilding Recap:
 Just when you think they've given up on the project, they string together a couple of good days and make some progress.

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