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Sale (Finally) Gets Number 15

August 20th vs. the Oakland Athletics

Toon Squad Update:
Gladstone Gander
Without trying too hard, everything came out right for Chris Sale. Gladstone would be proud.

Short Take: Chris Sale got his elusive 15th win and though Nate Jones made it dicey in the ninth, the Sox bats and Sale's arm came together to beat the A's 6-2.

In May of this year, a planetary alignment occurred that brought the Sun, Mercury, and Earth into a single lane. The event excited astronomers and other students of Johannes Kepler because of the rarity of wide orbital paths coming together..

Rare alignments came to mind tonight as we watched something far too rare this season: the convergence of a dominant pitching performance by Chris Sale and several innings of timely, situational hitting. That combination brought the White Sox a 6-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics on an overcast evening in Chicago.

Like the remote planets in their vast orbits, run-scoring bursts from the Sox make infrequent appearances. The fact that we had one on the same night Chris Sale had a good outing is to be celebrated. Sale has spent the past few weeks in his own wide orbit trying to find his 15th win. Tonight orbital mechanics paid off and Sale picked up number 15, going eight shutout innings with eight strikeouts while yielding a miserly three hits. That's the Chris we know.

It's fun to recount the South Siders' scoring because it was done so well. It began in the first with a solo homer to right by Jose Abreu. It's good to see him show off opposite-field power again; if he's got that working, the future looks a lot better.

In the second, our pinstriped pals got two more runs on four successive singles by Jason Coats, Dioner Navarro, Carlos Sanchez, and Tim Anderson. All done, by the way, after two outs. Then in the third, Abreu led off with a ground-rule double to left, followed by an RBI double courtesy of Melky Cabrera. After a Todd Frazier single moved Cabrera to third, he was brought home on Coats' groundout, making it 5-0.

But there's more! With two outs in the fourth, Adam Eaton beat out an infield single, moved to second on Abreu's walk, and scored on Cabrera's single. At that point it was 6-0 and if Sale hadn't relaxed by that point, he should have.

The ninth was more interesting than necessary. Nate Jones gave up a leadoff homer to Danny Valencia. 6-1...grumble. One out later Jones allowed a single by Ryon Healy, then what should've been a forceout at second on the next ground ball was not to be -- the call was overturned and left runners at first and second. Another single made the score 6-2, and we'd seen enough of Mr. Jones. David Robertson came in and got a strikeout and a fly ball to deep center that gave Adam Eaton a chance to do his Willie Mays imitation. Catch made, game over, sigh of relief.

Happy 15th, Chris. It was long overdue, but we can take a cue from the late Carl Sagan. He dealt with rare astrophysical events like tonight's game. He once said, "The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition." Anybody who's watched the Sox the last few years would have to agree.

That's all folks:
Take it from Gladstone Gander: if it's your night, it's your night.

submitted by tebman.

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