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Beltran Edges Sox in New York

September 24, 2015 at New York Yankees

Sox Project Update:
Big Support Beam Missing
Incomplete Workmanship

Short Take:  Carlos Beltran's 3 run HR is all the Yankees needed to edge Chris Sale and the Sox 3-2 in the Bronx.

The White Sox entered the big stage in the Bronx on Thursday for the first of a 4 game set with the New York Yankees. Cy Young candidate Chris Sale took to the mound looking to play spoiler in this big series for the AL Wild Card leading New York Yankees. Playoff implications were on the line for New York and Chris Sale would ultimately turn in a quality start. However, Sale's offense provided little support tonight making him a hard luck loser once again. It's tough to win a Cy Young when your team never gives you a lead. The South Siders would have plenty of chances in this game but just couldn't buy the clutch hit they needed. Ultimately, they would be edged by the Yankees 3-2 in the series lid lifter.

The Yankees drew first blood in a big way in the bottom of the 3rd inning. The Yankees would open the frame with a double by Jacoby Elsbury that was quickly erased by a runner interference play with Alexei Ramirez. The blunder by Elsbury took the runner out of scoring position and put Chase Headley at 1B via fielder's choice. Chris Sale would then make a costly mistake by walking Alex Rodriguez. The reason this walk was so costly is that it brought the Yankees most dangerous hitter, Carlos Beltran to the plate. With the count hanging at 2-2, Sale was 1 pitch away from retiring the dangerous Yankees slugger. However, Sale fired a 97 mph fastball on the inner half that Beltran was able to drive and keep fair for a clutch 3 run HR that just cleared the short fence in the LF corner. It wasn't a terrible pitch from Sale as much as it was a good piece of hitting by the veteran Beltran. One swing of the bat and it was a 3-0 Yankees lead. It is clutch "quick strike" power offense like this that has eluded the White Sox for most of the 2015 season.

Overall, it was another frustrating outing offensively for our White Sox tonight. Yankees hurler Michael Pineda was not sharp and pitched most of his 6 inning start in jeopardy. The Sox threatened almost every inning as Pineda gave up 8 hits but as usual, the Sox just couldn't find the big clutch hit when they needed it. Pineda kept hanging slider after slider in run scoring situations to no avail. The Sox continue to be a friend to struggling pitchers everywhere. To the Sox credit, they did barrel up quite a few in this ballgame that were hit right into the defense.

The Sox would finally make Michael Pineda pay for one of those hanging sliders in the bottom half of the 6th. After striking out with the bases loaded in his previous AB against Pineda, Trayce Thompson came to the plate looking to pick on one of those hangers. Trayce got one to his liking and blasted a majestic solo HR high in the seats in LF cutting the NYY lead to 3-1.

The Sox offense again would have a golden opportunity to bust the game open in the top of the 7th. Two out singles by Eaton and Abreu followed by a walk to Melky Cabrera would load up the bases for Trayce Thompson. Yankees skipper Joe Girardi would summon one of his better bullpen arms in Betances in an attempt to put down the Sox uprising. Yankee Stadium came to life after Betances put Trayce Thompson in a big 0-2 hole. The crowd was smelling a strikeout, but Trayce would show the poise of a veteran and work himself a walk for his second RBI of the night. The clutch base on balls cut the Yankee lead to 3-2. Thompson continues to be a September bright spot for the Sox and provides more hope for 2016. The 7th inning Sox rally would then run squarely into a brick wall known as Adam LaRoche who promptly struck out to end the threat. Good feelings over. Inning over. Inexplicably, our ineffective DH continues to get playing time despite the young hitters in the dugout in need of evaluation on a big stage like Yankee Stadium.

The 7th inning turned out to be the last good scoring chance for the Sox as they could muster nothing more against the Yanks pen. New York's closer Andrew Miller would come on to work the 9th inning and nailed down save number 35 on the season. Miller would only surrender a harmless single to Adam Eaton. The Sox offense managed to leave the bases loaded twice and strand 10 baserunners tonight which was the difference in the ballgame. Chris Sale was the hard luck loser tonight turning in a quality start with 8Ks and the only blemish being the 3 run HR by Beltran. Chris will probably blame himself for the loss tonight but like his fellow teammate Jose Quintana, he once again pitched with no offensive support. The Sox will try to even things up tomorrow by sending rookie phenom Carlos Rodon to the hill to face off against C.C. Sabathia.

Game Notes:

-Chris Sale recorded his 1000th career strikeout tonight off Chris Young. He is now just 2 Ks away from the franchise record set by Big Ed Walsh in 1908.

-The distance on Thompson's HR off Pineda was 397 feet and clocked at 107mph off the bat.

-Adam Eaton continued his fine season tonight going 3 for 4 with 3 hits and 1 walk.

-Nate Jones and Zach Duke both worked scoreless innings tonight giving the Sox a chance.

-Adam LaRoche returned to the lineup tonight after a bout of petilla tendinitis.

Rebuilding Recap:
 No timely hitting...again.

submitted by Foulke You

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