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Latos Stifles Halos

April 19th, 2016 vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Toon Squad Update:
Mat Latos is...Underdog. Always underestimated by his enemies.

Short Take:   Latos Brilliant Again as Sox Get Just Enough Timely Offense to Dump Angels

It's tough to call a game in mid April a "must win" for any baseball team. However, the ghosts of recent season failures had Sox fans very restless after a disheartening 3 game skid that soured what has been an overall good start for the South Siders. Offensive failures during the recent skid had an all too familiar aroma to the White Sox faithful. The 2016 White Sox seem to be made of hardier stock than years past and were up to the task at US Cellular Field on a chilly night at The Cell. Mat Latos would continue his brillance and help the Sox notch their first win on the homestand stifling the Halos 5-0.

Todd Frazier would set the tone early in this game for the Sox, belting out a solo blast to deep LF on a 3-1 offering from Angels starter Matt Shoemaker. After past failures of LaRoche and Dunn, "NL Slugger Fatigue" has become a real thing for Sox fans. As unfair as it is for Frazier to carry that burden, it is a burden he will likely carry all season until he has enough success under his belt at 35th and Shields. It was definitely a most welcome sight for Sox fans to see Frazier crush a HR to stake Latos to an early lead.

In the 4th inning, Jose Abreu would snap out of his own funk and expand the Sox lead with a HR to CF. The Sox bats would go to work on Matt Shoemaker loading the bases with 1 out immediately after the HR. Shoemaker would ultimately pitch out of trouble retiring Avisail Garcia on a shallow flyball to RF and getting Navarro to line out to 1B to end the threat.

The stranded runners would not come back to haunt the Sox though. Adam Eaton would make a tremendous outfield assist gunning down the only Angels threat at the plate in the 7th inning. Mat Latos cruised through 6 1/3 innings of shutout ball. While not as efficient as his previous starts, Latos continues to baffle opposing hitters with an array of sinkers, fastballs, and curves. He worked in, out, changed eye levels, and kept opposing hitters off balance the entire game as he has done all year. Mat Latos is looking like an absolute steal so far in this young season.

White Sox hitters would go in for the kill in the bottom of the 8th off Angels reliever Jose Alvarez. Jimnmy Rollins would slap a double into the corner to lead off the inning and Abreu would move him to 3B on a groundout. This is where Angels manager Mike Scioscia would gamble and it would come up aces for the Sox. After getting burned by Frazier earlier in the game, Scioscia decided to intentionally walk Frazier which turned Melky around to bat right handed. The move would backfire as Cabrera punished a center cut fastball into the right center field wall for a bases clearing triple giving the Sox a 4-0 lead. After a few frustrating games, it felt good to see the Sox finally bust a game wide open on a clutch extra base hit. Brett Lawrie would then drive in Melky on a base hit for good measure to step on the throat of the Angels.

Nate Jones would pitch a quiet 9th inning as the Sox take Game 2 by a final score of 5-0. The Sox move to 9W-5L and continued their 2016 recipe for success. Good defense, timely hitting, and a stout pitching staff should keep the Sox in a lot of ballgames this year. They just need to continue making the hits count as they did tonight. An excellent pitching matchup on tap tomorrow as Chris Sale takes on Garret Richards in Game 3 of this 4 game set.

Game Notes-

-Matt Albers extended his scoreless streak to 30 innings.

-Mat Latos has given up only 1 earned run in 3 starts and is sporting an E.R.A. of 0.49

-Todd Frazier was 2 for 3 with 2 runs scored, 1 walk, 1 RBI, and couple nice plays in the field.

-Melky Cabrera was 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs and is now hitting .320 to start the season.

That's all folks:
 Mat Latos, Todd Frazier, and Melky Cabrera are skid stoppers.

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