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White Sox bullpen plays key role in win over Blue Jays

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White Sox bullpen plays key role in win over Blue Jays

The offense gets all the credit but the White Sox don’t earn a 7-6 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday without the bullpen.

Four relievers combined to allow two hits over 6 2/3 scoreless innings to keep the White Sox within striking distance. The group’s effort gave the White Sox a chance to twice rally against the Blue Jays before Adam Eaton sent them home a winner for the sixth time in eight tries with a solo homer to start the 11th inning.

“Our pitching has been there,” Eaton said. “(Jose Quintana has) been giving us great outings, everybody. Bullpen’s been great. Starting pitching’s been great. We picked up (Sale) the other night hitting. So when those guys do their job, we want to do ours. And that makes a good team great.”

[MORE: Eaton's walkoff blast sends White Sox home winners over Blue Jays]

Scott Carroll offered a big lift when he relieved John Danks in the fifth inning and stranded a runner in scoring position to keep the White Sox within 6-4. With a man on second, Carroll struck out Edwin Encarnacion and retired Chris Colabello on a grounder to short.

An inning later,Carroll pitched out of his own bases-loaded, one-out jam. He induced a pop out off Jose Reyes’ bat and got Josh Donaldson to ground out.

The White Sox scored twice in the bottom of the sixth and Carroll, who has a 3.28 ERA, kept it tied with another scoreless frame.

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“You are looking at these guys in the bullpen coming in and knowing that they are in a tough spot and they responded time after time,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said.

Zach Duke followed with two scoreless innings while David Robertson and Zach Putnam had one apiece. Putnam earned the victory even though he had a man on second base and one out as Alexei Ramirez made a pair of nice defensive plays.

“That’s a high octane offense they’ve got over there,” Putnam said. “It feels good to keep your team in the game any time, but especially against guys that swing the bat as well they do. That’s the beauty of this team --- there has been plenty of days where we haven’t pitched so well, the offense has picked us up and vice versa. Hopefully if we can match those up going forward we’ll have a lot of ‘W’s.”

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