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Sale Struggles, Wins

May 1 at Baltimore Orioles

Toon Squad Update:
Bam Bam
Clubbing the hits again and again

Short Take: Big Inning Cooks Birds.

White Sox fans have become spoiled watching Chris Sale's career. The lanky lefty often turns out starts like a machine. Today, with a bit of grit in the gears, Sale became MLB's first six game winner. The Sox became MLB's first 18 win team, defeating the Baltimore Orioles by a 7-1 margin.

The umpires did the Sox no favors today. What was at first a getaway day wide plate seemed to shrink and expand depending on the grey or white jersey on the mound. Baltimore pitcher Ubaldo Jiminez found himself in a heap of trouble in the top of the 2nd. Two walks sandwiched around a base hit had a Sox rally in the making. Sox catcher Dioner Navarro, seeing Jiminez's control problems, wisely took three low outside pitches. Unfortunately, all three were called strikes. Jimenez got off the hook by inducing a ground out double play off the bat of Austin Jackson.

Meanwhile, Sale was in trouble every inning. The shrinking strike zone meant Chris had to throw many more pitches than usual. In every inning, the Orioles had at least one and sometimes two baserunners. Battling both the Orioles and the men in blue, Sale worked out of five jams but threw more than 100 pitches in the first five innings.

Sox second baseman Brett Lawrie opened the game's scoring with a two-out solo homer in the top of the 4th. All year long, this Sox team has scored runs with two outs, which has to wear on opponents. The Sox finally got to the wild Jiminez and broke the game open in the top of the 5th. Navarro singled, and Jackson doubled him to third. Jiminez then hit Adam Eaton with a pitch to load the bases. Carlos Sanchez hit a ground ball, but beat the relay throw and drove in the second run with his fielder's choice. Jose Abreu followed with a bloop hit to center, driving in Jackson. Ubaldo's wildness continued; he hit Todd Frazier with a pitch to reload the bases. Melky Cabrera hit a single to left to score Sanchez, but a good throw from Nolan Reimold just nailed Abreu at the plate. After Lawrie walked to reload the bases yet again, Jerry Sands was not to be denied. His two-out single plated two more runs and Sale had a nice 6-0 cushion.

But Sale's extra pitch workload meant that the bullpen would have to bring this win home. Chris Davis greeted Sale with a base hit to open the home 6th. Sale induced a ground ball from Pedro Alvarez, but Lawrie's hesitation forced him to take the sure out at first. Davis advanced to second. Garbage time pitcher Jake Petricka entered the game with a six run lead and promptly threw the first three pitches out of the strike zone. He battled back, but Reimold shot a single to center and the inherited run scored. After striking out Oriole second baseman Jonathan Schoop, Petricka walked catcher Caleb Joseph on four pitches. Petricka was replaced by Matt Albers, who retired Oriole right fielder Joey Rickard on a fly ball to center. Petricka's refusal or inability to throw early strikes, even with a big lead, will keep him in the mop-up role for the forseeable future.

The Sox tacked on a final run in the top of the 9th with a bases loaded sacrifice fly off Navarro's bat. Even with no save situation, Sox closer David Robertson needed some game work after three days on the bereavement list. He worked off the rust with a scoreless 9th, while allowing a couple of Orioles to reach base. The Sox finished this road trip with five wins and two losses, and gave their fans hope for an exciting season.

That's all folks:
The Sox relentless banging out hit after hit kept the line moving and the runs scoring.

submitted by FielderJones.

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