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Sweet, Swinging Kubbies

August 16 vs Chicago Cubs

Sox Project Update:
The Cornerstone, Ever Sturdy
It's a delight watching a master craftsman at work

Short Take:   Chris Sale dominates the free-swinging North Siders

After losing the first to games of this home series against the Cubs, the Sox needed a stopper. One of the best in the league is Chris Sale. Sale showed just how dominant he could be in a 3-1 Sox victory to retain the coveted Crosstown Cup. The streaking Cubs had scored 6 runs in each of the previous two games. Chris set the tone for the day in the first inning, striking out the side, swinging. By the end of his outing, Sale would tie his career high with 15 strikeouts in only 7 innings of work. Cubs sluggers "Babe" Bryant and Anthony Rizzo would contribute a third of those Ks. Nate Jones worked a three strikeout 8th, so 18 Cubs whiffed overall on the day. Bryant's 12 game hitting streak was snapped when he flew out to right in the 9th.

Sale's mastery was so complete that the Cubs did not get a hit until the 6th inning. The only Cubs baserunner prior to that was the result of an off-target Saladino throw in the 2nd that Adam LaRoche failed to stop. Chris picked up his teammates and stranded Soler at second.

Sox scoring was limited to solo home runs by Jose Abreu in the 3rd, Alexei Ramirez in the 4th, and Melky Cabrera in the 5th. The Sox had a chance in the 1st when Starlin Castro dropped a routine throw for a force at second, putting two on with two out. But as usual, the game found Adam LaRoche who continued his season-long futility.

The Cubs only threat against Sale came in the 6th inning. With one out, Dexter Fowler pulled an outside pitch into left field for the Cubs first and only hit off Chris. Things got a bit dicey when Sale walked Denorfia and Rizzo walked into a pitch with two outs. But the master held tough, freezing Soler on 1-2 slider over the plate. Only two of Sale's strikeouts were of the looking variety, and 13 swinging.

David Robertson put the hearts of Sox fans in their throats once again before nailing down his 24th save. After retiring the primary Cubs sluggers Bryant and Rizzo on a flyout and a groundout, Soler homered to cut the lead to two. Tyler Saladino made a tremendous play on a wicked Russell smash down the line, but the speedy shortstop beat the throw by an eyelash. With the tying run at the plate, Robertson induced a Castro grounder to Sanchez to end the game and send the home team fans happy.

The Sox hope to continue their dominance of the American League West tomorrow with a 9:05 pm start on WGN against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Carlos Rodon starts against Andrew Heaney.

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