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August 17 at Cleveland

Toon Squad Update:
Bamm-Bamm Rubble
Eaton pounded that slam like Barney and Betty's son.

Short Take:   Adam Eaton puts a bow on a big offensive night with a late grand slam against the Indians.

For all the talk about Adam Eaton's strong arm, big hustle and playing with abandon, it's easy to forget there's a little power packed into that short frame of his. He had 10 home runs this year coming into Wednesday's road game with the Cleveland Indians. Boy, did he save his 11th for a big moment. A grand slam from him in the ninth capped a come-from-behind 10-7 White Sox victory.

An evening with lots of offense was really just confined to innings 2-5 for the most part, but it served as the theme for the game. Anthony Ranaudo, making his first Sox start since throwing well against the Cubs on July 27, found this out first when Lonnie Chisenhall hit a two-run homer in the second right after a Jose Ramirez double. The Sox answered right back in the third when J.B. Shuck led off with a single and Tim Anderson hit his seventh home run of his rookie campaign. But Carlos Santana answered back in the bottom half with a leadoff shot and two outs later, Chisenhall recorded an RBI single.

The Sox weren't done knocking around Carlos Carrasco however. With one out in the fourth, Jose Abreu singled, which was followed by back-to-back doubles from Justin Morneau and Todd Frazier, tying the score again. Shuck then reached on an error from Jason Kipnis and though he got caught in a rundown, Frazier scored while the Indians were busy trying to execute it. That slim lead vanished when Cleveland came to bat again, during which Kipnis made up for his boner by hitting a sacrifice fly.

After the Sox failed to score in the top of the fifth, Michael Ynoa came in for Ranaudo. He proved less than stellar, walking Ramirez and giving up a base hit to Tyler Naquin before Brandon Guyer brought both runners home with a single. Ynoa didn't last the inning which, for awhile, seemed to feature the final runs of the game. That would mean an eighth straight Sox loss to the Tribe.

But a rather unpleasant unsurprise awaited Indians closer Cody Allen in the ninth. Morneau struck out on three pitches to lead off, but Frazier and Shuck followed that with back-to-back singles and Anderson walked to load the bases. Dioner Navarro then scored Frazier on a pop up that was just out of the reach of Ramirez, who had to hustle from third to left field to even attempt a play. Finally, as bubble gum blew from his mouth, Eaton launched his first career slam into the right field seats to give the Sox the game's final lead, though David Robertson nearly gave it back while earning his 30th save.

This comeback win certainly makes up for some other game the Sox blew earlier in the season (plenty of those to choose from). Will this fire them up enough to make one final push at the postseason? Probably not, but it's nice to give the Indians a reminder that they'll have to earn the division title to win it. Heck, it was this very franchise that served it to the eventual World Series champs late in the 2005 season.

The series will be on the line Thursday as the Sox throw Carlos Rodon against Danny Salazar. Another win at Progressive Field would definitely make up the sweep the Sox suffered there earlier in the year. The lineup will have to deal with Danny Salazar, who is 2-0 against it this year with a 2.25 ERA. First pitch is at 6:10.

That's all folks:
 Chief Wahoo himself doesn't stand a chance against a wooden club.

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