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Sale Becomes Bargain for Tribe

May 24 vs. Cleveland

Toon Squad Update:
Clark Kent
Sale didn't have his powers.

Short Take:   The ace of the staff gets roughed up by Cleveland, which moves to one-and-a-half games behind the Sox.

When one goes to a Chris Sale start, as I did Tuesday, it should be expected he'll be on his game en route to a well-earned victory. One also expects to not be involved with any action, especially since the odds of catching a foul ball are one in 3,623. Neither happened for me on this night. I'll talk about the latter in a bit, but first, let me break down the 6-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians.

Sale pitched the first inning without incident and got some quick run support on Adam Eaton's lead-off home run off Josh Tomlin, which would ideally be all Sale would need. But with two outs in the third, Jose Ramirez walked in a 10-pitch at-bat, beginning a very uncharacteristic stretch for Sale. Francisco Lindor singled and scored along with Ramirez on a Mike Napoli triple that just barely fell between Melky Cabrera and Austin Jackson. Two hitters late, 2005 Sox hero Juan Uribe worked a nine-pitch at-bat and singled to bring home Napoli.

The fourth would fare no better for Sale, who served a lead-off home run to Chris Gimenez. He then issued back-to-back walks to Rajai Davis and Ramirez. Lindor chased him from the game with an RBI single and his relief, Zach Putnam, served up a sacrifice fly to Carlos Santana, which scored Ramirez. Those six earned runs ballooned his ERA from 1.58 to 2.26.

If that didn't convince anyone this wasn't a White Sox night, the bottom of the fourth surely did. While Jose Abreu and Brett Lawrie brought home a second run on back-to-back doubles, it was what followed that soured the night even more. Avisail Garcia hit a grounder to Lindor, who caught Lawrie in no-man's land and threw him out as he tried to reach third. At the same time, Garcia went too far rounding first, allowing Uribe to throw to Napoli and complete an unusual 6-5-3 double play.

From there, Tomlin settled in to retire 14 of the final 15 batters he faced en route to improving his record to 7-0. To the Sox bullpen's credit, it also prevented further damage. Putnam, Tommy Kahnle, Matt Purke and Dan Jennings allowed just three singles over 5 2/3 shutout innings. So if you're looking for a positive in this game, let it be that the Sox might have found some arms to take over some important roles going forward.

So let me explain what happened on the next-to-last pitch of the game. The trajectory of a foul ball from Lawrie indicated it was headed right toward my seat. Although it landed in the empty row right behind me, I was still able to snatch it up. I could have kept it, but with about half a dozen kids in my section surrounding me, I decided to follow baseball fan etiquette and give it to one of them, even as my dad tried to stop me.

If I hadn't handed the ball off to a young fan, I would have felt guilty about it for the rest of my life. I can't remember when exactly this was sealed into my mind, but I'm an advocate of the idea that if you catch a ball and there's a kid nearby, you must hand it over so that you might make them a fan for life if they weren't already. So it would have been hypocritical of me to just pocket the ball and pretend nothing happened. I value the goodness baseball itself more than a souvenir and I have no regrets for my actions.

This sudden turn of events kind of made the final score secondary to me, but I'm well aware that this Sox loss cut their lead to one-and-a-half games in the Central. They need to win Wednesday to break even for the series. It won't be easy with the Indians sending Corey Kluber to the hill, but the Sox are countering with Jose Quintana, which should give them a little bit of confidence. This getaway day game starts at 1:10.

That's all folks:
 The kryptonite was everywhere, making everyone less than super.

submitted by thomas35forever.

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