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Without Our Trayce, Sox Don't Win This One

August 25 vs Boston Red Sox

Sox Project Update:
New construction materials are helping
Infusion of fresh material contributing to better building

Short Take: Trayce Thompson's 3 key RBIs help White Sox edge Red Sox, 5-4

With tonight's win against the Red Sox, the White Sox remain (barely) afloat in the wildcard race, by virtue of some timely offense that overcame some ugly defense and baserunning blunders.

Sometimes it's not pitching and defense that wins a game - it's a rookie's bat.

Today's difference-maker was Trayce Thompson. After tonight's 3 for 4 performance (only a homer shy of the cycle), the rookie outfielder is hitting .522 since being called up in early August, and seems to have a knack for hitting under pressure. His 3 RBIs tonight allowed the White Sox to tally a win, almost despite themselves.

Although the White Sox started by scoring one run in the 2nd inning, some embarrassingly sloppy play led to the Red Sox scoring their first 2 runs in the 3rd inning. With 2 outs, Sox starter Jose Quintana gave up his first hit to 9-hitter Josh Rutledge. Mookie Betts followed with a hard-hit double to the left field corner, and Rutledge was waved home. Melky Cabrera got to the ball quickly and relayed to Alexei Ramirez. A good throw would have nailed Rutledge at the plate, and they'd have been out of the inning unscathed – but Ramirez threw it in the dirt, and the ball bounced away from catcher Geo Soto. Soto chased the ball toward the backstop. Quintana was backing up the play, but he inexplicably followed Soto and the ball to the backstop, leaving no one covering home. Betts took advantage and came flying around to score. Ugh. The Red Sox took the lead 2-1, and when the inning was over, that show of defensive non-prowess was greeted with boos when the White Sox exited the field.

But in the 4th, Thompson tied the game up with his second hit, an RBI single. After that, Red Sox starter Wade Miley and Quintana matched each other fairly evenly throughout the game, and the score remained knotted until the 6th, when the Red Sox took the lead. Quintana gave up 3 straight hits, including a double by Pablo Sandoval, and at the end of the 6th, it was 4-2 Red Sox.

In the 7th, a tiring Wade Miley finally cracked. Melky singled to score Gordon Beckham from 3rd, and the Sox were only down a run. Avi Garcia followed up with a walk (the first of the game). With two outs, our hero Trayce Thompson came to the plate, and he delivered with a double to the left field wall. Two runs scored, and the Sox took the lead 5-4 and never looked back.

Quintana exited after the 6th, giving up 7 hits, 4 runs (3 earned), struck out 7 and walked 0. Jake Petricka pitched a scoreless 7th, Zach Duke struck out the side in the 8th, and Dave Robertson pitched a perfect 9th for the save.

The Sox face the Red Sox in the rubber game of this 3-game set, tomorrow at 7:10 pm CST. Chris Sale is scheduled to face Rick Porcello. Go White Sox!

Rebuilding Recap:
 Perhaps more fresh construction materials and equipment are needed...for the rest of the season?

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