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Sale-ing at Fenway

June 21st, 2016 at Boston Red Sox

Toon Squad Update:
Mr. Fantastic
Chris Sale is Mr. Fantastic

Short Take:   Anderson and Frazier go yard, Sale pitched like an ace, and taxed bullpen nails it down.

White Sox ace Chris Sale came into Fenway Park looking for win #12 on the season against the best offense in baseball and he delivered exactly that. A few early runs was all that Sale and the bullpen needed to secure the second straight White Sox win at Fenway Park.

After getting shut down at US Cellular Field by Clay Bucholz earlier in the season, the Sox took a more aggressive approach by swinging early in the count. This strategy came up aces as Tim Anderson greeted Bucholz with a HR that sailed way over the green monster and out on to Lansdowne St. This was the first career HR for Tim Anderson and first career RBI. Eaton followed that up by also swinging early in the count. He would bang a double off the base of the green monster and the Sox were in business. Abreu would advance him to 3B and Melky Cabrera drove him home with a sac fly to LF which staked Chris Sale to an early 2-0 lead.

Robin had a mostly clean game from the fan frustration side of things. I had no issues with his lineup nor his bullpen management tonight. However, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the one mental gaffe in the 2nd inning. Dioner Navarro opened the frame with a base hit. On a 3-2 count, Robin chose to put the runners in motion and it ended exactly how you would have expected it. Avi swung through the 3-2 pitch and the slow footed Navarro was thrown out rather easily at 2B for the double play. Perhaps this isn't the ideal combo of players for a hit and run? For an offense that is currently starving for offense, we can ill afford to be running ourselves out of innings in a foolish attempt to "make things happen" with a slow footed catcher and a high strikeout DH. The Carmines would eventually mount their biggest threat against Sale in the bottom of this same inning. 3 singles, a walk, and a sac fly got the Red Sox on the board by scoring Mookie Betts. However, Sale would strikeout Hanley Ramirez on a filthy slider to strand the bases loaded and preserve the 2-1 lead.

The White Sox expanded their lead in the bottom of the 4th inning. Todd Frazier broke out of his slump and got a 2-2 offering from Clay Bucholz that he blasted into the green monster seats in LF. Frazier's team leading 20th HR made it 3-1 White Sox. Despite having 2Ks tonight, Frazier has been showing signs of coming out of his funk. He has gone deeper in counts and has 2 hits and 2 walks so far in this series. He also barreled up a line drive on Monday that was unfortunately hit right at the LF. Hopefully, another hot streak is coming soon from the "Toddfather" because his power bat is needed badly.

Chris Sale was magnificent tonight. He shut down the best offense in baseball for 7 innings on a night the Sox needed him to go deep in the game and pitch like an ace. Robin would go to Nate Jones for 2 outs in the 8th and then Robertson for a 4 out save to nail down win #12 for Chris Sale. The White Sox need to start putting more runs on the board because their inability to put teams away really taxes the bullpen. This is the 3rd straight game that Jones and Robertson had to appear in on this trip. It's safe to say that they will be unavailable tomorrow night. I am actually in Boston this week for the series and I can tell you that Chris Sale is the talk of the town here in the Commonwealth. They are under the mistaken impression their team can acquire our ace in a trade for a bunch of mid level prospects. Tonight at Fenway will be as close as Red Sox fans get to Chris Sale because he isn't going anywhere. The White Sox will go for the series victory tomorrow night in Game 3 as Jose Quintana takes on Eduardo Rodriguez

Game Notes-

-J.B. Shuck made a tremendous catch in the famous "Fenway Triangle" in deep CF tonight. Statcast estimated he covered 100 feet.

-David Robertson notched his 20th save of the season

-David Ortiz sat this game out against the lefty Chris Sale but did have a PH walk in the bottom of the 9th.

-Tim Anderson's 1st career HR was also his 1st career RBI. The ball was later retrieved for him as a keepsake.

That's all folks:
 Just like Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four, the stretchy armed Chris Sale is Mr. Fantastic.

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