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Tiger Tamers

June 15 vs. Detroit

Toon Squad Update:
For one series, the Sox made the Tigers as likeable to us as Pooh's friend is to everyone else.

Short Take:   Chris Sale earns his 11th win as the Sox take a series from a divisional opponent not from Minnesota.

It's been frustrating to see the White Sox lose series after series to AL Central teams that aren't the Twins. Many of us were beginning to think we wouldn't see it at all this year. But Wednesday's 5-3 win over the Detroit Tigers ensured that wouldn't be the case. They got two of three from the team they now trail by just half a game for third.

Chris Sale, on his way to becoming the first MLB pitcher to 11 victories, kept the K Zone busy on a night Jason Benetti and Steve Stone were broadcasting from it. Over seven innings, he recorded seven strikeouts and walked just one. But he left with the score tied at 3.

Here's how it got to the point in question. Tim Anderson kicked off the Sox offense with a single and eventually scored on a Melky Cabrera sacrifice fly. That first run was wiped out in a three-run Tigers third inning, highlighted by Jose Iglesias' two-run homer. That same old dreaded feeling came over the Sox faithful in attendance. Luckily, Todd Frazier and Anderson walked and tripled respectively to lead off the next two innings and both came around to score.

Although Tigers starter Mike Pelfrey was tiring by the bottom of the seventh, Brad Ausmus sent him out anyway. Anderson made the opposing manager pay by singling on the second pitch. Two relievers, two more baserunners and one out later, Frazier hit a sacrfice fly to score Anderson. Insurance came in the eighth when Avisail Garcia drew a one-out walk and J.B. Shuck, who can suddenly swing the bat, tripled into the gap to bring Garcia home.

At .500 yet again and 2 1/2 games out of first, the Sox are closer in the division race than they have any right to be. But nights like this show they have the stuff to make a playoff push, even if we often refuse to believe it. Clicking in just about every area, as they did in this game, is what got them off to that 23-10 start. Now with a 10-23 record since then, it feels like a new season will truly begin following Thursday's off day.

The Sox next play Friday on the road against the Cleveland Indians, who just lost sole possession of first in the Central after getting swept by the Royals. Jose Quintana will get the start against Trevor Bauer beginning at 6:10. This is the time for Quintana to snap that six-game losing streak. Of course, it would help to have the offense give him a boost.

That's all folks:
 We're so happy to take two of three from Detroit, we feel like bouncing all the way to Cleveland.

submitted by thomas35forever.

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