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Abreu Walks Off Yankees

June 27th, 2017 vs. New York Yankees

Sox Office Smash Hit:
Rocky 2
Going the distance, get punched in the mouth, prevail at the end!

Short Take:  Sox walk off Bronx Bombers with Abreu single in the 9th.

Adam Morrow once said "Rooting for the Yankees is like rooting for the house to win in blackjack". I suppose 27 championships and 40 pennants effectively makes you the "house" of baseball. It's a perfectly normal and rational response to loathe the New York Yankees. However, you usually have to respect them. After a brief lull, the Yankees are back in contention in the AL East with a budding nucleus of young talent and that groan you hear is the collective fans of MLB. I'm so happy for those "long suffering" Yankees fans. Former Yankees farmhand Jose Quintana stood in the path of the Bombers in Game 2 and he was up to the task. The Sox took out the Yankees in exciting fashion 4-3 proving that the house doesn't always win.  

After a couple of early threats against hard throwing right hander Luis Severino, the Sox finally broke through in the bottom of the 3rd. Singles from Smith and Sanchez set the table for Jose Abreu who delivered a soft 2 out liner down the first base line that trickled past Austin Romine. Unfortunately, the Sox would strand a pair after Abreu's double and had to settle for a 1-0 lead. Quintana and Severino would keep both offenses in check for most the game. Tonight was more of the Jose Quintana we are used to seeing. The Yankees couldn't muster anything against him and he worked 6.1 strong innings giving up no runs. If the Yankees are indeed looking for starting pitching on the trade market, Quintana certainly put on a good sales pitch.  

Unfortunately, the Sox bullpen couldn't make 1 run stand up on its own. Tommy Kahnle had one of his worst outings in a while. Tommy's fastball didn't have as much life on it as it usually does and he left a few changeups high in the zone. The inning started out innnocently enough as he retired Austin Romine. However, a 1 out walk to Tyler Wade proved to be key in the inning. Jacoby Elsbury followed with a baby soft "single" that was a bleeder just past the pitcher's mound. You seriously couldn't roll it out there any better than Jacoby did. Suddenly, Kahnle was in a jam and clinging to a 1-0 lead. The meat of the Yankees order made him pay for his off night. Aaron Judge picked on a floating change up for an RBI single that tied the game at 1-1. A familiar refrain on the South Side of "Poor Jose" rang out as once again, as the undisputed king of the no decision added another jewel to his crown. After retiring Chase Headley, Gary Sanchez clubbed a 2 RBI double off Kahnle to give the Yankees a 3-1 lead. Suddenly, it began to feel as if the Sox would never win again this season. However, the South Siders weren't done yet.

The Sox continued to grind away. A bases loaded opportunity in the 8th would yield only one run on an RBI walk from Todd Frazier. Tyler Clippard got Davidson swinging on a full count to end the threat. Jennings kept New York off the board in the 9th setting the stage for some Abreu heroics. A mixture of wildness and patience from Sox hitters against Betances would load the bases once again on two walks and an HBP to Yolmer Sanchez. This time, the South Siders would not let the Yankees get off the hook. Betances got Melky to flyout to shallow LF for the 2nd out which wasn't deep enough to score the run. However, Jose Abreu was there to pick him up as he laced a base hit into the hole between 3B and SS for 2RBI and the Sox walked off the Bronx Bombers in exciting fashion. Abreu would find himself on the bottom of a dogpile near 1B.

This was an exciting ballgame and a great way to get on the board this homestand. This was also an example of how actions from the previous night can help you the next day. The comeback that fell short on Monday forced Girardi to burn Chapman for a save. This turned out to be a big deal as the flame throwing lefty was unavailable tonight. Despite stranding a ton of runners tonight, some grinding and patient ABs in the late innings from Sox hitters made this comeback possible. It always feels good to beat the Yankees. The White Sox look to take Game 3 tomorrow as Carlos Rodon makes his long awaited return to the bump against Masahiro Tanaka.

Game Notes-

-Jose Quintana went 6.1 IP, 6Ks, 4BBs, 0ER. A quality start.

-Kevan Smith went 2 for 3 with a BB, and 1R scored.

-Aaron Judge went 2 for 3 with 1RBI, 1BB.

-The Sox stranded 9 runners tonight.

 Yo Adrian, we did it!

submitted by Foulke You.

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