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Chris Sale, White Sox rout Indians again with 10-3 win

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Chris Sale, White Sox rout Indians again with 10-3 win

CLEVELAND — Perhaps the White Sox hitters should heed Hawk Harrelson’s advice and not stop with the whole scoring of runs.

For a third straight day, a largely comatose White offense looked like a juggernaut as the club scored five first-inning runs and trounced the Cleveland Indians, 10-3, on Saturday night in front of 24,763 at Progressive Field. Jose Abreu drove in three runs, Melky Cabrera and Tyler Flowers each had two RBIs and Carlos Sanchez hit the first home run of his career.

Chris Sale cruised to his ninth win in 14 decisions and Adam LaRoche also had his first RBI in 47 plate appearances for the White Sox, who have outscored Cleveland 24-4 in the series and seek a four-game sweep on Sunday. The White Sox — who had a hit from every starter on Saturday — have three straight wins by at least six runs for the first time since May 25-27, 2012.

“It’s a good feeling sitting in there and before you even throw your first pitch you’ve got a five-spot,” Sale said. “It was fun to watch. It was an offensive explosion.”

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They’d need several more weeks of pyrotechnical displays from the offense to get back into the postseason picture.

Winners of three straight, the White Sox are still five games under .500 mostly because of an offense that has underperformed all season. Just three days ago, the once-hopeful White Sox capped off a 1-5 homestand in which they scored 18 runs against the Kansas City Royals and St. Louis Cardinals.

Entering the series, the White Sox, who finished with 16 hits, had averaged 3.37 runs per game. They’ve increased that average to 3.52 runs, which would still be tied for the ninth-worst total in franchise history.

Despite the offseason additions of Cabrera and LaRoche, the team’s bats have collectively been cold. You couldn’t point a finger at any one player as the cause because everyone has struggled, many having the worst seasons of their careers.

Not this weekend.

The same as Jeff Samardzija and Jose Quintana before him, Sale received lavish run support as he was treated to a five-run lead before he set foot on the mound.

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Adam Eaton, who had two walks and two hits, Tyler Saladino and Cabrera all singled off Carlos Carrasco to put the White Sox ahead 1-0. Abreu singled in two more to put his team up by three and after an Alexei Ramirez two-out double, Flowers knocked in two more to make it 5-0.

Sanchez made it a six-run game with a 404-foot drive to right-center in the fourth off Carrasco.

“We started the second half a little weak with the offense, but right now we are hitting good,” Sanchez said through an interpreter. “The results are on the scoreboard and in the score today — 10 runs, it’s good. It’s good when you have a moment like this when everybody is hitting the ball well.”

Everyone got in on the act as the White Sox added on late. 

Eaton and Saladino, who went 3-for-5, singled ahead of Cabrera’s RBI single in the seventh off Austin Adams. LaRoche picked up his first RBI since July 8 with a two-out, run-scoring hit off Adams to make it 8-1.

They still weren’t done.

The White Sox added two more in the ninth as Abreu followed a single by Saladino and double by Cabrera with a single to right to make it 9-3. Avisail Garcia also singled in a run, the last White Sox starter to pick up a hit.

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“A lot of times you see maybe in a game like that you kind of fizzle out,” Sale said. “But we’re fighting ‘til the end and it’s fun to watch.”

Sale made easy work of Cleveland, retiring 12 of the first 13 batters he faced. The left-hander allowed a run in the fifth inning and another in the seventh. Sale struck out seven as he limited the Indians to two runs and seven hits. He threw strikes on 76 of 109 pitches.

In all likelihood the White Sox season is finished. The only chance for resuscitation would be an extended offensive renaissance, something theteam has proven incapable of providing so far.

“If we play like that, yeah,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “It was great to see. They added on, especially in the first inning you get the balls going through the infield and everybody, it is contagious. You get a good feeling of guys going up there and having good at-bats.”

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