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April 26th, 2016 at Toronto Blue Jays

Toon Squad Update:
The Incredible Hulk

Short Take:   Chris Sale mows down the Jays and White Sox offense erupts for 10 runs in rout.

Many Sox fans had this stretch of ten April games against the cream of the American League circled on their calendar as the first true litmus test at White Sox legitimacy. As they reached the halfway point of this test, the Sox are passing with flying colors. Chris Sale gave up 1 run in 8 innings, and the offense erupted for a 10 run outburst en route to a convincing 5th straight victory over AL contending clubs.

In the early stages of the game, it looked as if this could be a pitcher's duel as Blue Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey matched Chris Sale pitch for pitch keeping the game scoreless. Much maligned White Sox DH Avisail Garcia would break the ice with a titanic blast over the CF fence giving the Sox an early 1-0 lead.

For a while, it appeared that Sale might have to work hard to protect a 1-0 lead but the Sox offense went to work in the Top of the 5th to remedy that problem. White Sox firestarter Brett Lawrie lead off the inning with a single, followed by a Garcia walk. Dioner Navarro would dump a blooper into LF and Lawrie appeared to briefly miss the stop sign from Joe McEwing but then quickly picked it up and slid back into 3B. The ump would initially call him out but Robin wisely challenged and got the call reversed. This proved to be a big replay call because Austin Jackson would crush a line drive double into the gap in right center to break through for a 3-0 Sox lead scoring both Lawrie and Garica. For a guy who has been barreling up the baseball with little to show for it, it had to feel great for Austin to finally break through with a 2 RBI double. The Sox were not finished though. Adam Eaton would add on with an RBI sac fly scoring Navarro which padded the Sox lead to 4-0.

In the top of the 7th, the Sox expanded their assault on Toronto pitching. Avi Garcia would continue his excellent offensive day by leading off the inning with an oppposite field base hit. Dioner Navarro would pick him up in a big way hitting a high rainbow HR to RF. Much to the disbelief of Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey, Navarro lifted just enough of a low pitch to clear the RF fence for a 2 run shot. Abreu would drive in another with an RBI single making it 7-0 Sox.

In the 9th inning, more offensive frustration would be taken out on the beleaguered Jays bullpen. Former Nationals closer Drew Storen took the brunt of a 3 run attack featuring a a solo HR by Adam Eaton, an RBI single from Todd Frazier, and an RBI sac fly by Avi Garcia to make it 10 runs for the night and the largest run output of the season. Welcome to the American League, Mr. Storen.

Chris Sale was out there doing Chris Sale type things most of the evening. Despite being staked to a huge lead, he really didn't need the help. He limited the Toronto Blue Jays lineup to 1 run on 4 hits in 8 innings of work with 6 strikeouts. The only blemish came on a solo HR by Edwin Encarnacion in the bottom of the 7th. Sale has been trusting his stuff a lot more lately and pitching to contact more often. This has allowed Sale to go even deeper into ballgames by keeping his pitch count lower than last season. The 8 innings of work by Sale came at a very good time for Robin Ventura and Don Cooper. Stressful bullpen innings had been piling up during the previous stretch of close games against Anaheim, Texas, and Toronto, so a day off for everyone but Zach Putnam was just what the doctor ordered for the bullpen.

After the best comeback win of the season on Monday, the Sox followed it up with their most convincing win of 2016 pounding the Jays 10-1 on Tuesday night in Canada. Tonight's rout pushed their record to an American League best 15W-6L. The Sox have been pitching it and catching it all season. If the South Siders continue to hit the ball like they've done the last two nights, the AL Central should be put on notice. The Pale Hose will go for yet another sweep on Wednesday night. Jose Quintana will be on the bump taking on Marco Estrada.

Game Notes-

-Chris Sale is now 5W-0L with an E.R.A. of 1.66

-Avisail Garcia went 2 for 3 with 3 runs scored, 2 RBI, a HR, a base hit, and 1 BB

-White Sox pitching has allowed 1 or 0 runs in 10 of 21 games this season.

-The White Sox are now 9W-3L on the road.

That's all folks:
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