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Sale simply sensational yet again

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Sale simply sensational yet again

One start into June and Chris Sale looks like the same guy just named the American League Pitcher of the Month for May.

Sale didnt look as overwhelming as he did when fanning 15 batters in his previous start, but he was dominant in leading the White Sox to a 4-2 victory over Seattle on Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field.

Alex Rios drove in two runs as Chicago overcame an early 2-0 deficit and won for the 10th time in 11 games and 14th in their past 16.

Sale, who entered the game 3-0 with a 0.92 ERA and 28 strikeouts in his previous three starts, improved to 7-2 in pitching his first career complete game, and Chicagos fourth of the season.

He gave up two runs on five hits with two walks and eight strikeouts in his 119-pitch effort.

The outing saved a taxed Chicago bullpen, which was depleted and then some in Saturdays 10-8, 12-inning loss that snapped the Soxs nine-game winning streak. Chicago used all seven relievers and starter Jose Quintana in relief of Gavin Floyd.

Sales only harmful mistake came in the second when he gave up a two-run bomb to
Miguel Olivo, giving Seattle a 2-0 lead. Olivo drove an 0-1 pitch an estimated 448 feet into dead center field.

The Sox answered with a run in the bottom of the inning when Brent Lillibridge drew a bases-loaded walk from Kevin Millwood. But Gordon Beckham grounded into a force out at second to end the threat with Chicago still down 2-1.

Millwoods wildness continued in the third as the Sox rallied to tie the game. After walking three and throwing a wild pitch in the second, Millwood started the third by walking Adam Dunn and then hitting Dayan Viciedo.

Rios followed with a single up the middle that scored Dunn and tied the game 2-2.

With Millwood struggling, the Sox tacked on two more runs in the fourth, getting RBI singles from Beckham and Rios to take a 4-2 lead.

Millwood didnt return for the fifth, having thrown 95 pitches already. He gave up four runs on seven hits and five walks with four strikeouts in four innings.

Sale pitched out of some trouble in the fourth and fifth innings after allowing lead-off hits both times. Jesus Montero led off the fourth with a single but went no further as Sale got a fly out before striking out the final two batters.

The trouble seemed worse in the fifth, but again Sale didnt allow a lead-off double by Michael Saunders to derail him. Like the previous inning, Sale retired the next three batters in stranding Saunders at second.

Sale looked in control the entire afternoon, though he never retired more than seven in a row. He was the second White Sox player to earn pitcher of the month this season. Jake Peavy took the award in April.

Revenge tour: After Eloy Jimenez homered against Cubs, Yoan Moncada homered against Red Sox

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Revenge tour: After Eloy Jimenez homered against Cubs, Yoan Moncada homered against Red Sox

Call it the White Sox Hitters Revenge Tour.

Last week, Eloy Jimenez provided the single best image of rebuilding progress to date for the White Sox, smashing a game-winning homer in the ninth inning against the Cubs, the team that traded him, at Wrigley Field, the park he always assumed would be the one he'd call home as a big leaguer.

Well, a week later, Yoan Moncada exacted similar revenge on the team that traded him.

In the first of a three-game series between the White Sox and Boston Red Sox, Moncada took a second-inning pitch out to left field, depositing a ball over the top of the Green Monster for a tie-breaking two-run homer at Fenway Park.

The Red Sox traded Moncada — as part of a package that also included Michael Kopech and Luis Basabe — to the White Sox during the Winter Meetings in 2016 in the deal that jump-started the South Side rebuilding project.

Between signing with the Red Sox in 2015 and making his White Sox debut in 2017, Moncada spent time as the No. 1 overall prospect in the game. After a disappointing first full season in the majors last year, Moncada is having a much better go of things in 2019, bringing a .295/.347/.509 slash line into Monday night, when he belted his 13th home run of the season.

Of course, the Red Sox are pretty happy with their return in that trade, Chris Sale, who in addition to being one of the best pitchers in baseball over the past two and a half seasons got the championship-clinching out in the World Series last October.

But part of the reason the White Sox future is so bright is the return they got in the Sale trade. And one of those players got his revenge, Eloy style, on Monday night.

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Chris Getz on Luis Robert, Dylan Cease, Nick Madrigal and more!

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Chris Getz on Luis Robert, Dylan Cease, Nick Madrigal and more!

Chuck Garfien gets the inside info about some of the top prospects in the White Sox organization from director of player development Chris Getz.

They talk about the wow factor of Luis Robert, what he's working on before being promoted to Triple-A, if he can make the majors in 2019, what kind of major league player he will be and more (3:45)

-Why Nick Madrigal has the "it" factor and why he might have been disappointed with Getz at the start of the season (10:10)

-Why Zack Burdi has struggled this season and a great sign of things to come (16:30)

-Why Kyle Kubat is so highly thought of in the White Sox farm system (18:20)

-How close Dylan Cease is to the major leagues (20:15) and more.

Listen to the entire podcast here or in the embedded player below.

White Sox Talk Podcast

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