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Gain After Rain

September 28 vs. Tampa Bay

Toon Squad Update:
Scrooge McDuck
Miggy and Todd can go swimming in their gold after their performances.

Short Take:   Miguel Gonzalez stymies Rays, Todd Frazier provides only run in fifth straight win.

The in-season signing of Miguel Gonzalez has proven to be one of the best things to happen to the White Sox in 2016. From the moment he put on the Pale Hose uniform, he's been solid start after start. So we should have expected him to have little trouble Wednesday against the putrid Tampa Bay Rays. He took it one step further by almost going the full nine in a 1-0 victory.

After rain delayed the start of the game by 21 minutes, Gonzalez began his final start of the season by retiring nine of the first 10 hitters he faced. Blake Snell proved a worthy opponent until the rain returned with two outs in the bottom of the third. Action was stopped for an hour and 16 minutes, too long for Snell to continue, but not long enough for Gonzalez to depart.

Gonzalez continued to trade zeroes on the scoreboard with Ryan Garton and then, Eddie Gamboa. It was the latter Rays reliever who blinked first with two outs in the seventh. Todd Frazier, eager to hit 40-homer mark for the first time in his career, did just that by launching a fly ball into the left field seats. It was all the scoring the Sox would get, but on this night, it was enough.

With no more game action coming until spring training, Gonzalez went for the complete-game shutout in the ninth. After striking out Luke Maile, he served up a single to Logan Forsythe. Robin Ventura decided that was enough and called in David Robertson. The expensive closer earned his pay by inducing a game-ending double play from Kevin Kiermaier in one of his shortest and most efficient outings ever.

Whatever direction the Sox choose for 2017, there's no reason not to bring Gonzalez back on a one-year deal. He's been the quality veteran in the rotation James Shields hasn't been and for a lot less. You need someone who's been around for awhile to anchor your staff. Even if you have two Cy Young candidates in Chris Sale and Jose Quintana, they can still pick up a thing or two on how to pitch in the Majors if you have him around.

The Sox will go for the sweep of the Rays Thursday. Quintana can earn his 14th win if he outduels Chris Archer. That could also give Archer, one of the AL leaders in strikeouts, his 20th loss. It would be symbolism with the up-and-down play the Sox have had since their 23-10 start.

That's all folks:
 One has to imagine some extra money was earned by a few guys tonight.

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