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Dampening Detroit

September 7 vs. Detroit

Toon Squad Update:
Tony the Tiger
That comeback was grrrrrrrrrreat!

Short Take: The Sox stage a late comeback against the Tigers to take the series.

For the fourth straight season, the White Sox have been relegated to playing the spoiler role in September. While it would have been nice to battle the Detroit Tigers for a playoff spot this year, the Sox entered this three-game series in which all the best they could was make Detroit's postseason path bumpier. After a heartbreaking loss in Monday's opener, they earned a shutout win on Tuesday. Wednesday afternoon saw them finish the job in a come-from-behind 7-4 victory.

Jose Quintana and Anibal Sanchez were scored upon early, but not often. It began in the first when Tim Anderson singled and immediately ran home on Melky Cabrera's double. The following inning, Justin Upton hit his second three-run homer of the series, putting the Tigers up by two. Tyler Saladino singled and Adam Eaton walked to lead off the third and both scored on a Cabrera single and Jose Abreu sacrifice fly respectively, tying the game.

Sanchez had already left by the seventh, but Quintana was still in good shape after striking out the first two hitters of the frame. But he suddenly ran out of gas when James McCann walked, Casey McGehee singled and Jose Iglesias drove in McCann on a ground-rule double that bounced into the Sox bullpen. With his team now a run down, Robin Ventura summoned Chris Beck to replace Quintana. Beck made up for his Monday loss by tossing 1 1/3 shutout innings, surely bringing his confidence back up.

The Tigers brought in Shane Greene for the bottom of the eighth and it quickly became clear it was not his day. Abreu led off with a single, then scored the tying run on a Justin Morneau double. J.B. Shuck pinch ran for Morneau and plated the go-ahead run thanks to Avisail Garcia's single. Justin Wilson relieved Greene and fared no better, surrendering an Omar Narvaez and back-to-back RBI singles from Saladino and Eaton.

Even though the Sox sent 10 men to the plate that inning, they still only had a three-run lead, meaning it was up to David Robertson to get the save. Disaster seemed to be coming when J.D. Martinez drew a leadoff walk and Upton singled. Fortunately, Robertson settled down to retire the next three, ending this White Sox winner.

There's some talent on this team, though there hasn't been enough to get the desired results. In games like this however, we get to see how the lineup produces when it's at its best. There are some quality pitchers there too. If the front office doesn't go for a rebuild this offseason, it should know by now which pieces to build around aside from the obvious ones (Sale, Quintana, Eaton, etc.).

After a well-deserved day off Thursday, the Sox will continue their season Friday against the Kansas City Royals. Carlos Rodon will be on the hill against Yordano Ventura. After struggling earlier in the year, Rodon has pitched more like the high draft pick he was two years ago. Let's hope he's on again and also gets the offensive support he needs for another win.

That's all folks:
The boys ate their Frosted Flakes this morning and it paid off.

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