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Sale Lasers Rays!

April 15 At Tampa

Toon Squad Update:
Doctor Strange
Chris Sale baffled the Rays' hitters with an assortment of otherworldly mystical breaking stuff.

Short Take:  Chris Sale goes 9 and the Sox scrap out a run in the ninth for just enough to keep the train rolling.

Nights like this I almost feel sorry for the other team. Almost being the key word there, because I'm a Sox fan (DUH!). Not just that I proudly stake my claim to being totally biased and utterly petty when it comes to rooting for said Sox. As a result I don't really feel all that bad when Chris Sale dials it up and starts working that Cy Young caliber magic he is known for. The sliders were sliding the changeups were sinking and the fastball was blazing. All the Rays could do was gape in amazement and when the Sox squeaked out a run in the ninth is was all the our wizard needed as the Sox beat the Rays 1-0.

What can you say about Chris Sale that hasn't already been said? The man is flat out one of the top pitchers in baseball and when he's on his game the other team doesn't stand a chance. Tonight was one of those nights. Not a lot to recap here because the Rays were so helpless they only managed 3 baserunners on 2 hits and an error. Only one of those runners made it as far as second and that was after that error by Jimmy Rollins. Jimmy didn't even have time to say, "Sorry, Chris" before the inning was over as the next batter went down on strikes. The bat was actually slightly delayed by a female fan getting hit in the head/face from a foul ball that went through a gap in the protective netting. She was carried out on a stretcher at the end of the inning. While we hope the fan will be okay, that process only delayed the inevitable and added 10 minutes to an already quick game that ended in 2:23 thanks to Chris Sale's fast delivery and efficiency, and the Sox offensive struggles that left them scoreless through eight themselves.

Yeah our offense has been scuffling and tonight was no different. Jake Odorizzi took the mound for the Rays and yours truly admits he had to google the guy to find out if he is any kind of pitcher. Turns out he's had a couple of real solid years pitching for Tampa. Tonight he definitely kept the Sox bats quiet working seven fast innings while only allowing 4 hits and one walk and striking out six. He left after 7 and things didn't get much better as the first reliever made fast work of the Sox in the 8th. In the ninth though, Jimmy Rollins led off with a dipping liner that barely nipped the grass before settling into the left-fielder's glove. Rollins was safe at first and a review confirmed it was the correct call. Unfortunately Abreu then struck out on a nasty breaking pitch. Frazier followed with a medium deep flyball to right-center. The two fielders both converged and the right-fielder caught the ball flat-footed. Jimmy tagged at first and easily made it to second, bringing up Melky Carbrera. Personally, I'd have walked Melky. He's been hot recently and he seems to rise to the occasion well. The Rays decided not to and they paid for it as he ripped a single to right and Jimmy, off on contact with two outs, came flying around third and scored standing for the only Sox run of the night.

Just to be picky it was the only run of the night, period as Chris came back out and made fast work of the Rays in their half to lock down the 1-0 win and the complete game 2-hit shutout. There was a bit of a "hold your breath moment" when the second batter in the ninth put good wood on the ball and drove it to left. Even Chris turned around and slumped slightly but the ball settled into Melky Cabrera's glove at the wall and everyone let out a collective sigh. After that the final popup to right seemed routine. Certainly stranger things have happened than tonight's masterful performance because Chris Sale seems to do them with semi-regularity. Tonight his magic led to another Sox win - their 5th in a row and leaves the Sox at 8-2 with the best record in the AL as I type. John Danks takes the mound for the Sox tomorrow. Hopefully his second start of the year is better than the last one. Certainly it will be warmer and the Sox seem to be settling in a bit since that early season hiccup. Game time is 5:10 in Chicago. Maybe John can borrow Chris' magic wand.

That's all folks:
 First place with the best record in the AL, 'nuff said.

submitted by voodoochile.

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