Monday, August 6, 2012
White Sox 4 Royals 2: Chris Sale Returns With Authority
Wasn't it nice to see Chris Sale pitching again? Didn't you just love to see him hitting 94 on the radar gun with regularity?
Or would you rather Phil Humber was out there again?
Sale was a lot of fun to watch tonight, I just hope his performance doesn't make Robin consider giving him nine days off between every start.
Sale went 8 innings and allowed 8 hits, but struck out 7 and only gave up 2 runs. He also saved his absolute best for last.
The Royals started the inning with a double and a single to put runners at the corners with no outs. Sale then broke out his magic wand and got Alex Gordon to hit a soft line drive to short for the first out.
After that he used his magic to convince Alcides Escobar to bunt a ball right in front of the plate, which Sale swooped down on like a hawk and tagged Tony Abreu out about 15 feet shy of home plate.
Sale then ditched the magic and went with the old-fashioned method of blowing Lorenzo Cain away on fastballs to get out of the inning without allowing a run.
Gordon Beckham would reward him by hitting a solo homer in the bottom of the eighth, and Kevin Youkilis would bring in Jordan Danks from first with a double for an insurance run.
Addison Reed then pitched over an Alexei Ramirez error in the ninth to induce a 3-6-1 double play from Eric Hosmer to end the game.
The Sox are now at a season-high of 12 games over .500.