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No Canada

June 24 vs. Toronto

Toon Squad Update:
Fievel Mouskewitz
The Sox got themselves in trouble, but came out all right in the end.

Short Take:   The Sox need to battle a tough Blue Jays team and traveling fan base to win their fourth in five games.

Maybe it's Canadian pride or maybe Toronto Blue Jays fans simply travel well. Whatever the case, a good portion of the 27,196 fans in attendance Friday supported the team from north of the border and were loud in doing so. It's never a good thing when you feel outnumbered in your own park. But the White Sox adapted and came away with a heart-stopping 3-2 win.

In the second inning, Carlos Rodon blinked first when he gave up a leadoff double to Michael Saunders and saw him score on Kevin Pillar's single. The Sox got that run back in the fourth when Aaron Sanchez's leadoff walk to Alex Avila scored on Avisail Garcia's groundout. One inning later, Melky Cabrera gave the Sox the lead with a solo blast. There's a guy who's really come alive lately.

The sixth was when the drama started. Rodon hit Saunders to lead it off and while Saunders was on, first base umpire Angel Hernandez called Rodon for a balk. That didn't sit well with Don Cooper, who promptly got himself tossed when he voiced his displeasure. Unfortunately, the balk hurt as Pillar tied it with an infield hit for his second RBI, which contributed to Rodon's depature during that inning.

Matt Albers stopped the bleeding in relief of Rodon and Nate Jones shut down the Blue Jays in order in the seventh. That's also the inning when Jesse Chavez came in for Sanchez and was greeted by a leadoff double from Tim Anderson. With two outs, Anderson scored the go-ahead run on a Todd Frazier single. Zach Duke pitched a scoreless eighth, so Sox fans felt good with David Robertson entering for the ninth.

The theatrics weren't finished though. With one out, Darwin Barney thought he advanced on a dropped third strike, but third base umpire Ted Barrett ruled the ball hit the bat instead. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons didn't like that and joined Cooper in getting an early exit. But the long wait between pitches threw Robertson off because he walked Barney by throwing three straight balls.

Ezequiel Carrera came up next and singled on the first pitch he saw. Josh Donaldson then needed just one pitch to make Tyler Saladino attempt a tough play at third, which proved unsuccessful after a replay challenge. The sacks were packed with Jays and their fans started making plenty of noise. Luckily for the home crowd, Robertson struck out Edwin Encarnacion on a full count and got Saunders to pop out for his 19th save.

So the Sox are at .500 yet again. It would be nice if they would make up their minds on what kind of team they are as the season moves closer to the halfway point. Still, you can't argue that their pitching and timely offense of late have kept them in games. We saw plenty of both in April and if they sustain themselves, a playoff berth is not out of the realm of possibility.

This three-game series can be won Saturday when the Sox send Miguel Gonzalez to the hill against knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. Gonzalez has really shined after having his spot in the rotation threatened. But it won't matter if a Sox offense that typically can't handle offspeed pitches don't do much against Dickey. The game starts at 1:10.

That's all folks:
 As a song from "An American Tail" once told us, never say never. That should be the motto for the 2016 White Sox.

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