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Chris Sale shuts down Cubs to pace White Sox to Crosstown win

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Chris Sale shuts down Cubs to pace White Sox to Crosstown win

Chris Sale strengthened his case to start Tuesday’s All-Star Game in Cincinnati and paced the White Sox to their ninth win in their last 11 games.

Sale struck out 10 as the White Sox beat the Cubs, 5-1, in front of 41,596 at Wrigley Field Saturday afternoon. The ace left-hander scattered six hits and one walk and now has double-digit strikeouts in 10 of his 17 starts this season.

The White Sox quickly handed Sale a two-run lead with three straight hits to begin the afternoon off $155 million left-hander Jon Lester. Adam Eaton doubled off the left field ivy and scored when Tyler Saladino tripled — his first major league hit — to the right-center field gap. Cubs manager Joe Maddon, well aware of Sale’s dominance this season, brought the infield in for Jose Abreu, who bounced a ground ball into center for an RBI single.

[SHOP: Gear up, White Sox fans!]

Lester settled down and scythed his way through the White Sox order over the next five innings, but Kris Bryant’s seventh-inning error opened the door for Sale to get some more support. Alexei Ramirez delivered his first RBI since June 21 — a span of 62 plate appearances — and Tyler Flowers ripped a two-run double to center to give Sale a five-run cushion.

The White Sox last scored more than four runs with Sale on the mound June 3 against Texas and only have done so in four of Sale’s 17 starts this season.

The Cubs got a run back in the bottom of the seventh when Jonathan Herrera’s double into the left field corner scored Starlin Castro. The Cubs’ run ended a 30-inning scoreless streak by White Sox pitchers dating back to Wednesday night’s extra-inning win over Toronto.

Sale’s done more than tie a major league record for most consecutive starts with double-digit strikeouts over the last two months. In 92 innings covering his last 12 starts, he’s racked up 131 strikeouts while allowing 18 earned runs, 55 hits, 13 walks and seven home runs. 

White Sox Talk Podcast: Memories of Old Comiskey Park

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Memories of Old Comiskey Park

For many White Sox fans, Comiskey Park was their introduction to White Sox baseball when they were young. Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey, and Chris Kamka share their memories of the old ballpark. Among them: Chuck talks about seeing Al Cowens charge Ed Farmer on the mound in 1980 creating a bench clearing brawl, Ryan tells the story about catching a Mike Greenwell foul ball, Chuck talks about being there for the 1983 All-Star Game, they discuss the final game ever played there and read favorite memories sent in by White Sox fans.

You can listen to the whole thing right here, or in the embedded player below.

8:26 - Chuck talks about seeing Al Cowens charge Ed Farmer on the mound in 1980 creating a bench clearing brawl.

10:11 - Ryan tells the story about catching a Mike Greenwell foul ball.

12:49 - Chuck talks about being there for the 1983 All-Star Game

15:11 - The guys talk about the final game ever played there.

16:44 - The guys read favorite memories sent in by White Sox fans.

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'White Sox to the Letter'

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'White Sox to the Letter'

Inspired by Ogden Nash’s 1949 poem “A Lineup for Yesterday”

 

A is for A.J.

Once punched in the face

If strike three ain’t caught

He’ll steal first base

 

B is for Baines

Who’s known to speak gently

When asked if he’ll homer

He said, “Evidently!”

 

C for Comiskey

The old baseball yard

When it was torn down

I took it quite hard

 

D is for Donkey

I mean Adam Dunn

He’d strike out or walk

Or hit a home run

 

E is for Eloy

He isn’t here yet

Though an All-Star career

Is still a good bet

 

F is for Fisk

The incomparable Pudge

From his perch behind home

Not an inch he would budge

 

G is for Gold

G is for Glove

Aparicio is

Who I’m thinking of

 

H is for Hawk

Unforgettable voice

Stretch! Dadgummit!

And don’t stop now boys!

 

I for Iguchi

Second base man

Won World Series

Returned to Japan

 

J is for Jackson

The legend still grows

A home run or touchdown

Only Bo knows

 

K is for Kopech

Speed, he has plenty

He’ll pile up strikeouts

In two thousand twenty

 

L is for Luke

Old Aches and Pains

Hit .388

That record remains

 

M is for Mark

As in Mister Buehrle

When he takes the mound

The game will end early

 

N is for no-no

Wilson Alvarez, Humber

Two by Mark Buehrle

Too many to number

 

O for Orestes

Miñoso’s real name

Not in the Hall

And that’s a real shame

 

P is for Paulie

He gave it his all

At the championship rally

Gave Jerry the ball

 

Q for Quintana

Kept coming up short

Only because

Of no run support

 

R is for Richie

But please call him Dick

A dangerous man

When he’s swinging the stick

 

S is for shoes

Which were not worn by Joe

In 1919

Please say it ain’t so

 

T is for Thomas

Amazing career

He went to the Hall

And brewed Big Hurt Beer

 

U for Uribe

He played everywhere

When the ball left his bat

Hands waved in the air

 

V is for Veeck

He knew how to sell

Fireworks, promotions

And Eddie Gaedel

 

W is for William

Or Bill; He was Beltin’

So hot was the corner

Third baseman was Melton

 

X is for Fox

At least the last letter

Among second basemen

Nobody was better

 

Y is for Yolmer

He has sneaky power

The master of giving

A Gatorade shower

 

Z is for Zisk

And others I missed

Unable to fit

In my White Sox list