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Sale Bobble-heads First Inning, Twins' Heads Bobble At The End

May 7th vs. the Minnesota Twins

Toon Squad Update:
Tom & Jerry
After being menaced early like Jerry Mouse, the Sox came back to see the Twins soundly defeated like Tom Cat.

Short Take: Chris Sale showed why he's the best. After a wild and bumbling first inning, he got a 7-2 win over the Twins on a cool evening in Chicago.

Chris Sale seemed possessed by the spirit of Nuke LaLoosh in tonight's first inning. He gave up two runs in a most un-Sale-like way, but after that aberration he snapped back into the Sale we all know, pitching six more innings to lead the White Sox to a 7-2 win over the cellar-dwelling Minnesota Twins.

It was odd indeed. Sale threw 36 pitches in that first inning, giving up two hits, a walk, and two hit batsmen, forcing in a run with the walk and another with the second HBP. The experience was like beginning a trip with a flat tire. Your faithful TBGR correspondent was in attendance at the ballyard to witness this strange and rare event. We watched in squinting confusion, asking what was going on as Sale did his LaLoosh imitation.

It was also Chris Sale Bobblehead Night at the ballpark. Who knows? Maybe the presence of all those little Sale icons spooked him somehow. No matter, though -- he came back to his lofty perch as the best pitcher in the league and went on to throw six more innings of shutout baseball, notching nine strikeouts and raising his record to 7-0.

To win this game the Sox needed to score runs, and they scored plenty. After that rude first inning that gave the interlopers a 2-0 lead, Avi Garcia singled and then scored on Dioner Navarro's RBI double. In the third, Todd Frazier lofted a solo homer inside the left-field foul pole that tied the game 2-2.

Our heroes took the lead in the fourth when MinnieMouse starter Ervin Santana had his own LaLoosh moment and walked in a run after loading the bases. It's 3-2 at this point and we sensed the fragility of the Sox lead, given Sale's first-inning experience.

All season, though, the Sox have proven to be late bloomers, scoring runs in a game's last trimester. Tonight was no exception. In the seventh, Austin Jackson and Jose Abreu led off with walks off reliever Ryan Pressly. That was followed by an RBI double from Frazier, followed in turn by an intentional walk to Melky Cabrera and an RBI single by Brett Lawrie. With the bases loaded, Garcia was hit by a pitch to force in another run.

Deja vu? Schadenfreude? Maybe a little of both. What was good enough for Sale's embarrassment was good enough for the Twins' embarrassment.

One more Sox run crossed the plate in the eighth on Abreu's RBI single to send home Jackson, who had doubled to lead off the inning, making it 7-2, which is where it would stay.

Let's review: the Pride of the South Side holds the best record in the American League at 21-10; Chris Sale is as good as it gets right now; the Sox defense is the best it's been in years; the bullpen is solid; and to trot out a tired phrase from an overripe TV announcer, these guys haven't even hit their stride yet.

If Rick Hahn can pick up a serviceable fifth starter, we may dare to dream. Remember, even Nuke LaLoosh turned it around.

That's all folks:
The Sox are like Jerry Mouse -- though Tom Cat might paint them in a corner, they find ways to come out on top.

submitted by tebman.

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