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Sweet Little Sixteen

September 16th vs. the Kansas City Royals

Toon Squad Update:
Sale's good to the finich; he might eat his spinach.

Short Take: Chris Sale goes the distance for his 16th win as the Sox beat the Royals 7-4 in KC.

There's a full moon tonight. Cops, bartenders, emergency-room workers, and others who deal in aberrant behavior grip their tools a little tighter when the moon shines its brightest. Conversely, studies have not been able to find a real correlation between the full moon and actions that fall outside normal bounds.

So which is it? The White Sox won 7-4 tonight against the Kansas City Royals behind Chris Sale's complete game. Winning when Sale's on the mound is not out of the ordinary, which seems to provide evidence that the moon doesn't affect behavior. It's taken too long for Sale to win his 16th, but I think even the moon is happy he did.

Whereas, there's another team in town that found themselves awarded a division championship. The Latin word "luna," which means "moon," is the basis for the word "lunatic." A few minutes spent on Clark Street tonight will lend credence to full-moon folklore, as Chad and Trixie turn into werewolves staggering out of Cubby Bear.

But that's their mess to clean up. Back in the American League, where pitching really matters, Chris Sale showed again why he is arguably the best pitcher the White Sox have had in generations. He gave up all four runs, three of them earned, on eight hits while getting ten strikeouts. The Royals' runs came without power, but on a string of well-placed hits in the fifth and sixth innings that gave them a 4-2 lead. Sale collected himself after the sixth and went on to show how it's done while waiting for his team to catch up.

The Sox were given a juicy chance to score in the second against wild KC starter Ian Kennedy, who walked the bases loaded with no outs. But as we've seen so many times, our guys couldn't close the deal and only scored one run. The South Siders got one more in the third on Todd Frazier's sacrifice fly, but the RBI cupboard was bare for the next three innings.

It was with a grumbling countenance that we entered the eighth, behind 4-2 and fearing that Sale would never get to number 16. But the 2016 late-inning magic reappeared: Alex Avila's RBI single made it 4-3, and one Avi Garcia walk later, Carlos Sanchez hit three-run homer, his first in a year, to leapfrog the Missourians and make it 6-4 for our merry band.

Sale soldiered on and, showing signs of fatigue, issued his first walk in the ninth with one out. But as is his wont, he dug deeper into his competitive reservoir and closed it out with two strikeouts. Clearly the moon caused no tides to shift in the flow of his motion. Six of the Sox' seven complete games this year belong to Sale, though I haven't checked to see what phase the moon was in during the previous five distance starts.

The good news this month is that Jose Abreu's bat has gotten hot, Sale and Quintana are still here, Tim Anderson is for real, and Adam Eaton is both a legitimate Gold Glove outfielder and a top-shelf leadoff hitter. A catcher here, a centerfielder there, another bullpen arm or two, and these guys could play next year no matter how the moon looks.

But the next full moon is October 15, which coincidentally is scheduled to be Game 1 of the NLCS. I fully expect the historical analysis will be borne out and nothing unusual will happen under that moon. Chad and Trixie will head back to Lincoln Park with their National League Champion T-shirts still wrapped in plastic.

That's all folks:
As Popeye would say, Chris took 'em all on, one at a time.

submitted by tebman.

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