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Memorable Memorial Day

May 29 vs. Boston

Sox Office Smash Hit:
The Patriot
The right side won, just like in the movie.

Short Take:   The bats come through when needed, giving the White Sox a win over Boston.

Totally Biased paragraph.  Whenever the Boston Red Sox come to Chicago, there's always some sort of extra frenzy. That happens when your opponent is baseball's biggest darling after your North Side neighbors. Adding intrigue to this series is it marks Chris Sale's return to Guaranteed Rate Field. He didn't start on Monday, so his only relevance for the afternoon was a video tribute to him during a 5-4 White Sox winner.

David Holmberg made a spot start for the White Sox and was rudely greeted to the game by a Mookie Betts double on his second pitch. Things then got scary when Jose Abreu collided with Dustin Pedroia in a race to first base. Abreu stayed in, but Pedroia sprained his wrist and is surely out for the series after flying back to Boston for an MRI. Though Abreu showed how fine he was by making a tough catch on a ball hit by Xander Bogaerts, it allowed Betts to score and put Boston up, 1-0.

David Price, making his first start of the season, got through the first two innings unscathed before the Pale Hose made its first noise in the third. Adam Engel drew a one-out walk and somehow stole second when Price threw to first. Distracted by this heads-up baserunning, Price walked Tim Anderson. Melky Cabrera then went yard on the first pitch to give the White Sox a 3-1 lead.

The Red Sox refused to let that inning get to them though. Treating Holmberg like the stopgap starter he is, two of their first three hitters in the fourth drew walks, both scoring on a Christian Vazquez double and Jackie Bradley Jr. groundout respectively. Holmberg exited after that inning with the game tied and no chance to take a loss. Gregory Infante came on in the fifth and Betts welcomed him by lining the ball so hard to left that it bounced from the top of the wall to the foul pole, making it a go-ahead home run.

Price was in line for the win until the defining seventh. Matt Barnes (no, not the basketball player) entered in relief for Boston and served up a leadoff triple to Yolmer Sanchez, followed by a game-tying double to Kevan Smith. Two outs later, Cabrera placed a ball just beyond the infield's reach to score Smith and give the South Siders the lead for good. Tommy Kahnle and David Robertson both threw perfect innings in relief to get the win for Juan Minaya, who struck out the side in the seventh.

The White Sox have a knack for making games fun by not going away quietly. It doesn't always result in a win, but their resliency has sent a message to teams that you can't really relax against them until the final out. The mantra this year has been "Ricky's boys just don't quit." While it remains to be seen how long this can keep up, the fact that we could be watching the seeds of the next great Sox team is cause for excitement.

The most anticipated pitching matchup of the year takes place Tuesday. Sale will take the mound against Jose Quintana. Game time is 7:10. If this game results in anything other than Sale dominating and no run support for a nice outing from Quintana, I might just question everything I've known about baseball for over 20 years.

 Even in the face of adversity, it always felt like things would work out and they did.

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