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Solid Shields Silences the Kitties

April 6 Versus Tigers


Sox Office Smash Hit:
Oceans Eleven
Sox Collect 11 Runs on 11 Hits

Short Take: Shields gives up one run on two hits as the Sox offense eats up Detroit pitching.

Despite the chilly temps and an even chillier 23 mph wind from the north, it finally at least looked like baseball weather outside. This was enough to draw myself, my son, and a few thousand baseball fans (half of which were rooting for Detroit) out to see the Sox pursue their first win of the young 2017 season against the Detroit Tigers.

The pitching match-up featured a veteran James Shields throwing for the Sox and looking for a comeback year, versus a young Matthew Boyd for Detroit, himself looking to have a breakout year. Boyd was posted some impressive spring training numbers, including a 2.10 ERA while throwing 23 strikeouts versus one walk. The Sox batters had not previously seen much of Boyd, which usually leads to them being stymied, but that was not the case today as Sox bats broke out in a big way, giving Shields his first victory towards that comeback.

After a scoreless first in which Shields gave up a walk and a double but struck out three, Detroit’s Tyler Collins got the Tiger fans cheering with a leadoff home run in the top of the second. You couldn’t help but get an ‘oh crap not again’ feeling with Shields giving up 44 home runs in 33 games last season but he got out of the innings with minimal damage. The Sox answered in the bottom of the second, scoring two on a Jacob May sacrifice bunt and a Tim Anderson single to center.

Detroit would not do much offensively the rest of the game, scattering another couple of hits and plating a garbage run in their half of the 8th. The Sox offense however piled on another 9 runs over the next 6 innings, including a 3-run Geo Soto homer in the third and a 3-run Matt Davidson homer in the fourth. Soto would go deep again in the seventh and finished 2-for-3 with a walk and four RFIs on the day. Matt Davidson also had a good day at the plate, going 2-for-3 with 3 RBIs.

The Sox offense tallied 11 hits total while Sox pitching held the Detroit to two runs on two hits. Shields went 5 1/3, striking out 5 and walking five. Michael Ynoa went two innings, giving up that unearned garbage run while striking out two and walking one. Tommy Kahnle pitched a scoreless 9th, giving up a single but striking out two. Sox fans went home happy, Tiger fans mostly left quietly after the 7th, and I left with a nasty April sunburn on my head. All in all a great day of White Sox baseball.

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