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Nasty Sale

May 19 vs. Houston

Toon Squad Update:
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Here Sale came to save the daaaaaaaaaaaaaaay.

Short Take:   Chris Sale goes the distance en route to victory once more. All the Astros can do is be baffled.

I really hope you appreciate what Chris Sale does for us because it's not easy. Pitching in the Major Leagues is one thing. Doing it with such force and dominance is quite another. It was on display again Thursday in his second straight complete-game victory: a 2-1 decision over the Houston Astros that ended a four-game losing streak for the White Sox.

By mixing his fastball with plenty of changeups and sliders, Sale was unpredictable in a way few Astros could catch up with. He struck out nine, but was as economical as we've seen him this year, inducing 10 groundouts. He didn't walk anybody, which kept him at 107 pitches and allowed him to go the distance. For all the talk there's been about more pitches being thrown in baseball, Sale did a lot to disprove that in this 2:11 contest.

But Sale couldn't have become the first pitcher in baseball to nine wins without offensive support and that proved to be easier said than done. Jose Abreu appeared to get all of one off Collin McHugh in the first, but was robbed of a homer on a leaping catch by George Springer. Luckily, that was corrected in the second when Todd Frazier led off with a single and eventually stole second before scoring on a Jerry Sands single.

A chance to add to the lead was missed when the Sox stranded Adam Eaton's leadoff triple in the sixth. This was remedied the following inning when Jimmy Rollins hit an infield single, stole second and came home two hitters later on an Alex Avila sacrifice fly. Rollins made a couple of nice defensive plays in the eighth after Sale started the frame by throwing a home run to Evan Gattis.

As this is the White Sox of late, they couldn't get through the ninth without a little drama. After Sale got Jose Altuve to strike out, Springer singled to put the tying run on, making some wonder if David Robertson's entrance was imminent. Sale got Carlos Correa to fly out, but then, Robin Ventura came out to make sure everyone was on the same page, although some fans were worried that might mess up Sale's rhythm. Instead, Sale got Tyler White looking at a slider and the ace's masterpiece was complete.

Sale is the first Sox pitcher to win his first nine starts since Eddie Cicotte the year Charles Comiskey denied him his bonus. And he achieved at a time when the Sox desperately needed a win. The offense and bullpen are having trouble, so for one game at least, those units were bailed out and got the night off respectively. Maybe this will motivate them to rediscover what made them so good, or at least adequate, during the first month.

The break from divisional play ends Friday when the Sox get their first look at the defending champion Kansas City Royals. Jose Quintana can follow with his own nice outing against Dillon Gee. That should be enough to inspire confidence that the winning streak can reach two. We'll find out starting at 7:10.

That's all folks:
 Help is always on the way when you've got your ace in the hole.

submitted by thomas35forever.

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