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August 26th Vs Seattle

Toon Squad Update:
Not sure if he was ever a cartoon character but it was his night.

Short Take: Sale's complete game effort goes for naught.

Friday night, Elvis night and Chris Sale met "King" Felix Hernandez in a battle of two of the best pitchers in baseball. Chris was trying to get another win and shore up his stats for a run at the Cy Young. He definitely succeeded in the second part of that equation but the win eluded him as the Sox struggled to score and ended up losing 3-1.

So yeah it was mostly a pitcher's duel. Hernandez was solid if unspectacular and the Sox kept helping him out. Chris Sale on the other hand struggled early, giving up three runs in the first four innings but finished strong. In the second Franklin Gutierrez kicked off the scoring for the Mariners by putting one just over the wall in right to give Seattle the lead. They followed that in the 3rd by loading the bases with no one out on an odd sequence that started with the leadoff hitter Shawn O'Malley feting hit on the hand as he squared around to bunt. O'Malley tried to pull the bat back and the pitch hit him on the hand that was up the barrel. Personally that doesn't sound like a reason to get awarded first base but that's where he ended up. Ketel Marte then singled to center and a bunt single by Lenoya Martin loaded the bases. Sale then induced a double play grounder with the Sox surrendering the run to turn two and Chris retired the final batter on a strikeout. The final Mariners' run scored in the fourth when a leadoff single came around to score on a 2-out double by Adam Lind. Sale then retired the rest of the Mariners in order including striking out the side in 6th and 7th and adding two more for good measure in the 9th. Sale's final line of 9IP, 3ER, 5H, 14K and 0BB should get him some notice for it's gaudy numbers. Unfortunately the runs he gave up were too much for the offense to overcome.

The Sox actually managed twice the number of baserunners as the M's in the game. With 8 hits and 2 walks the Sox put men on base in every inning save for the 4th, 6th and 9th. They even had some good scoring chances along the way. Twice early on they had the leadoff hitter on base only to see them get picked off though they went down as caught stealing. Frazier got nabbed when he tried his "break for second before the pitcher goes into his windup" routine in the second and Shuck liked that idea so much he got caught doing the same thing in the 3rd. In the 5th the Sox had men at 1st and 3rd with one out but Shuck's linedrive to second was snagged and Narvaez got doubled off first to end the threat. Frazier finally put the team on the board with a solo homer in the 7th but the best chance the Sox had all night came in the 8th when they loaded the bases themselves on a pair of hits and a walk sandwiched around a fielder's choice. That final walk chased Hernandez from the mound and the Mariner's brought on new stud closer Edwin Diaz who is averaging nearly 2K/IP. Tim Anderson managed to get some wood on the baseball and dribbled one toward third. What looked like a lucky break didn't go the Sox way as Shuck was thrown out at home on a force - the only possible play the M's had. Abreu then followed that by promptly popping out foul to the third baseman and after that the game was all but over as Diaz added insult to injury by striking out all three batters he faced in the 9th.

Maybe Sale shouldn't have come out for the 9th but he did with his pitch count at 107. He ended up striking out two and getting a popout for the final out while retiring the side in order and leaving with his count at 120. Not too bad but there might be some questions about whether he should be going that long in a game the Sox were losing. Either way it can't hurt his Cy Young chances and that's about all the Sox have left to play for. These two teams will go at it again on Saturday at 6:10 PM in Chicago. Hopefully Jose Quintana can pitch as well and hopefully the Sox will have better offensive success.

That's all folks:
 Cy Young for Chris Sale. It's all that matters anymore.

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