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Latos Shines, Sox Overpower As

April 7 at Oakland Athletics

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Short Take:   Sox newbie starter Mat Latos, Sox hitters apparently ate their spinach today and shut down the As, 6-1

What a difference a year makes! With today’s 6-1 win over the Oakland As, the White Sox head home to the Cell with a 3-1 record to open 2016. That hasn’t happened since 2005. Yes, birds are chirping, butterflies are fluttering, flowers are blooming, and angels are crooning in the background...Well, maybe not, but enjoy it! It’s been a while since we had such a good start.

Please give a warm welcome to Sox starter Mat Latos. This late addition to the Sox roster pitched himself a gem today – 6 innings, 1 hit, 1 walk, and 2 strikeouts. The As only hit against Latos came after a muffed out. Latos fooled many As hitters, making use of a large loopy curve ball mixed up with fastballs and changeups. He took a no-hitter into the 5th, only to lose it on a non-play by J.B. Shuck on a Chris Coghlan fly ball into left field foul territory. Shuck appeared to have a bead on the ball but lost it in the sun. Given new life, on the next pitch, Coghlan singled. Fortunately, no damage was done as no runs scored that inning.

And kudos to our new 2nd baseman Brett Lawrie. He may not have done much with the bat yet, but today he contributed several defensive web-gems: A diving stop-and-shovel to get the out at 2nd in the 5th, followed by a nice play in the 6th when he bare-handed a grounder tipped off of Latos’ glove and fired to 1st – Jose Abreu helped out with an impressive snag-and-hang-on- for-dear-life.

Most of this game was a pitchers’ duel. No runs were scored until the 6th inning, when As starter Kendall Graveman walked Melky Cabrera, then made a mistake to our hero Jose Abreu, who launched it over the RF fence for a 2-0 Sox lead.

In the end, that was a big enough lead. But apparently the Sox opened fresh cans of spinach and downed ‘em dry before the 9th inning, resulting in a run explosion. Dioner Navarro drove in 1 run with a shot off the right field wall; Tyler Saladino followed up with a single down the right field line that scored another. Adam Eaton’s single then loaded the bases (achieving his 4th straight multi-hit game), and Melky singled in yet another run. Abreu upped the score with a deep fly that sent Saldino home from 3rd.

So the Sox took the 6-0 lead to the bottom of the 9th. No Dave Robertson today, as this was a non-save situation – so in came Zach Putnam, who gave up 2 hits and a run, but struck out two and finished up the game.

The Sox head home for their season home opener tomorrow against the Cleveland Indians. John Danks is set to pitch against Danny Salazer. Welcome back to Chicago, White Sox!

WSI's That's All, Folks:  Let's hope the Sox are "strong to the finish, 'cause I eats me Spinach...(toot, toot!)"

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