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Covey Aces Sale at Fenway

June 8th, 2018 at Boston Red Sox

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It just took one.

Short Take:Covey victorious over Sale to take Game 1 in Boston

The White Sox rolled into Boston on Friday to face one of the best teams in the AL and a true test of their recent improved play. Any White Sox fan who glanced at the pitching probables today of Sale vs. Covey could not have been brimming with confidence as most expected Sale to carve us up like a roast and the Red Sox lineup to crush Dylan Covey into a fine powder. Part of this prediction came true but the apparently reborn Dylan Covey was up to the task of taming the Carmines. I had the pleasure of taking this game in from the RF roof boxes at Fenway Park on a gorgeous Friday evening so I will be doing a little field reporting for WSI tonight.

The game got off to a bit of a bumpy start for Covey and the South Siders. Andrew Benintendi leadoff with a double off the green monster followed by a walk to Brock Holt. It had all the makings for an early crooked number to go up on that scoreboard but Covey immediately settled things down with a K to Bogaerts and a double play ball off the bat of Moreland. This ended up being a huge play in this ballgame because after that, Covey was in complete control and stifling the Red Sox hitters for most of the game. Covey had to pitch this well for the Sox to have a chance because Chris Sale did Chris Sale type things on that mound tonight striking out 10 White Sox batters over 8 innings.

Despite the shortcomings of the Sox bullpen this season, it just felt like whichever pitcher blinked first would be the one to lose this ballgame. Fortunately for the White Sox, it was our old friend Chris Sale who blinked first. Kevan Smith lead off the 7th with a double that was slapped down the RF line and bounced over the wall near Pesky’s pole. Yoan Moncada moved the runner to 3rd with a ground ball to the right side to set the stage for Trayce Thompson. In my section, Trayce had been the subject of derision from some overserved Red Sox fans for his current batting average and the revelation that he was actually the brother of Golden State Warriors star Klay Thompson. For whatever reason, these guys decided to pick on him and Trayce quickly silenced the chatter with an RBI laser to LF scoring Kevan Smith for the lone run in this game. Covey gave way to the bullpen in the 7th inning and despite getting into a jam thanks to some shoddy defense from Jose Rondon and a replay reversal, Jace Fry ultimately got the job done. Nate Jones and Joakim Soria shut the door in the 8th and 9th innings for a stress free end to this game.

There were heroics from Trayce Thompson and some solid pitching from the bullpen, but this game was all about Dylan Covey. Since being recalled from Charlotte, he is looking more and more like a pitcher who might have figured something out down there. He had full command of his fastball tonight which really set up his secondary stuff nicely. The fastball sat most of the night between 93 and 95mph per the Fenway radar gun. Covey induced a lot of weak contact from a lineup that is known for pulverizing the baseball and recovered well from a rocky 1st inning. Here is hoping that Covey continues this new momentum he has going the rest of the season. Nothing accelerates a rebuild quicker than striking gold with fringe prospects. As for Chris Sale, it is always tough to see him out on that mound in a Red Sox uniform. No matter how the rebuild turns out, the trade of Sale will be forever linked to a new era of White Sox baseball. Only time will tell if it was the right move, but in the present, as the Sox suffer through another rough year at the big league level, it hurts to see him pitching for Boston and not our White Sox. Overall, this was a well pitched and crisp ballgame from start to finish and a fun one to take in live at Fenway Park. As usual, there were a lot of White Sox fans on hand that made the journey to Boston. If you have never gone before, I recommend going here for a White Sox road trip. The Pale Hose look to take the series tomorrow as the likely starter will be the returning Carlos Rodon to face David Price.

Game Notes-

-Dylan Covey’s line was 6IP, 0ER, 7K, 1BB. Great performance.

-Red Sox stars Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez missed the game with an injury. They both are expected back tomorrow.

-Jace Fry, Nate Jones, and Joakim Soria combined for 3 shutdown innings of bullpen work

-Chris Sale was his usual self holding the Sox to just 1 run in 8IP and striking out 10.

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 Covey outpitched Sale. Words I never thought I'd type!

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