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Sale Has Dioner Of Winning Number 14

July 2nd vs. the Houston Astros

Toon Squad Update:
Bugs Bunny
Chris Sale showed that he could've been in the rotation with the Brooklyn rabbit in "Baseball Bugs." 14 wins with no end in sight.

Short Take:Chris Sale did what he had to do, striking out nine and hanging in there after giving up four runs as the Sox beat the Astros 7-6 in noisy Houston.

Chris Sale pitched today. Chris Sale won today. Wash, rinse, repeat.

The White Sox tied their series with the Astros, picking up a 7-6 win in Houston. Encouraging, after a 5-0 shutout the night before. Chris Sale continues to be the story just as he's been the past few seasons. He's now 14-2 with a 2.93 ERA, and no sign of slowing down. If you're a devotee of linear mathematics you could project Sale to approach 30 wins this year, but we can check on that in September. For now, enjoy the ride.

The Sox are back over .500 at 41-40. Cold comfort for some after they teased us with their 23-10 run out of the 2016 gate. Gertrude Stein famously wrote that a rose is a rose is a rose, and so we're in good company to say that a win is a win, and we'll take it.

The South Sider's bats were alive today. Our dapper gray-suited representatives took the lead back in the second after Dioner Navarro's two-RBI triple put it at 2-1. What's that you say? Navarro got a triple? Yes, and no flying pigs were harmed in the making of that play.

Sale was not that cartoon image of himself today, the one that mows down hitters with ruthless efficiency. He gave up a solo homer in the first to Jose Altuve. In the third the spacemen brought home three more runs on clean hits and good baserunning. Sale had only himself to blame, as he walked the leadoff hitter and was slow fielding Jake Marisnick's bunt single to put runners at first and second with no outs. A couple hits later the oily ones were in the lead 4-2.

But our traveling friends came back with one run in the fourth and two more in the fifth. J.B. Shuck got his third homer to tie it in the fourth, and Navarro was back with two more RBIs in the fifth to bring the numbers to 5-4. Timely hitting will set you free.

Shuck had another RBI to give in the eighth, tripling home Avi Garcia. WSI favorite Tim Anderson then doubled home Shuck to give the Sox a 7-4 cushion. Ah, but the Houston collective didn't become competitive by laying down when behind in a game. They added another run in the bottom of the eighth to tighten it at 7-5.

David Robertson was summoned in the ninth to do what he does, and he did, at least with the first two Houston hitters. With two outs in the ninth, A.J. Reed, who looks like he should be a fullback instead of a bench-warming pinch-hitter, launched a solo shot to squeeze the score to 7-6. But, unruffled, Robertson struck out Colby Rasmus to bring the Astros' craft back to earth.

When the smoke cleared, Chris Sale had pitched seven innings and racked up nine strikeouts en route to his 14th win. Make your Cooperstown reservations now for, oh, probably 2032, when we'll all sit in the grass and hear Sale thank the admiring throng for putting up with a maddening team while he was busy showing the American League how it's done on the South Side.

That's all folks:
To paraphrase that legendary pitcher, Bugs Bunny, Chris Sale paralyzed these pathetic palookas.

submitted by tebman.

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