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White Sox rally for four runs in final at-bat to top Indians, 4-3


White Sox rally for four runs in final at-bat to top Indians, 4-3

After they struggled all night Monday, none of the White Sox hitters wanted to make the out that could crush their ninth-inning hot streak.

One by one, for seven straight plate appearances, a team reduced to nothing for eight innings put together quality trips to the plate against Cleveland Indians closer Cody Allen. It began with a one-out double and another five hits and a walk later, Melky Cabrera’s bases-loaded RBI single capped a four-run rally as the White Sox stunned the Indians 4-3 at U.S. Cellular Field. Now instead of starting a seven-game homestand with another trying loss, the White Sox hope to capture some of the good feelings created by their sudden comeback.

“Don’t be that guy, don’t get out and don’t let your guys down,” said leadoff man Adam Eaton, who singled in the ninth and also walked twice. “Hopefully it’ll have some momentum for the rest of the series.”

Including a pair of early failures Monday, the White Sox have had plenty of offensive let downs to start the season. An offense featuring two new marquee pieces had been held to two runs or fewer in six of 11 games and appeared to be headed for a seventh.

Trevor Bauer and two relievers struck out nine in eight scoreless innings.

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But none of that seemed to matter in the ninth when Alexei Ramirez doubled over the head of Indians center fielder Mike Aviles with one out to drive in two runs. Avisail Garcia, who doubled, and Conor Gillaspie, who walked, scored on the play. Both moved into scoring position on a wild pitch by Allen.

Tyler Flowers and Gordon Beckham then singled, the latter driving in the tying run. Eaton, who earlier walked twice, battled back from a 0-2 count and loaded the bases with a single to left.

Cabrera then worked the count full against Allen before driving a 95-mph fastball to deep left-center field for the game-winner.

“With the Avi double and the Alexei double, then it clicked for us,” Cabrera said through an interpreter. “I've been confident about this team and the potential we have. I know we have a good team.”

White Sox starting pitcher John Danks had his best start and kept the White Sox within striking distance despite making two mistakes that resulted in solo homers. Ryan Raburn hit a 420-foot homer in the second inning and Brett Hayes added one in the fifth. Michael Brantley doubled in a run in the third with the aid of Garcia’s double-clutched throw that allowed Aviles to score from first.

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Danks gave up six hits, walked two and struck out four.

But he couldn’t keep pace with Bauer, who pitched around an early wild bout.

Eaton drew a leadoff walk in the first inning and moved up on Jose Abreu’s one-out single to right field. But Bauer struck out Adam LaRoche and Garcia grounded out to short to strand the pair.

Two innings later, Micah Johnson singled, stole second and Eaton walked. But Cabrera grounded into a double play and Abreu popped out.

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From there Bauer needed only 16 pitches to retire the side in order in the fifth and sixth innings.

The White Sox, who aside from Saturday’s 12-run outburst had 27 runs in 10 games, only had one runner reach scoring position between the fourth and eighth innings.

“The offense was flat, Bauer was good,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “Any time we really had an opportunity to do anything he bowed up and got through it. There wasn’t a whole lot of opportunities there for us at-bat wise. They had a couple homers and it was pretty flat. But I’m glad there’s no clock. They couldn’t stall. You eventually have to get it and guys had some good at-bats there in the ninth.”

White Sox, Cardinals to play doubleheader after Friday's game postponed

White Sox, Cardinals to play doubleheader after Friday's game postponed

The St. Louis Cardinals haven’t played a game since July 29.

But that’s scheduled to change, with two games against the White Sox on the same day.

The Cardinals, who have experienced 18 positive COVID-19 tests among players and staffers in recent weeks, are scheduled to finally return to action Saturday in a doubleheader with the South Siders at Guaranteed Rate Field. First pitch for Game 1 is scheduled for 1:10 p.m.

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The two teams were originally scheduled to begin a three-game series Thursday, with the Field of Dreams game in Iowa. That nationally televised showcase event was pushed to 2021 due to logistical reasons caused by the pandemic. That forced a switch to a regular three-game weekend set on the South Side, the first game of which, set for Friday night, was postponed after another Cardinals staffer reportedly tested positive Thursday.

So it will be three games in two days, the start of a Chicago-baseball marathon for the Redbirds, who will play eight games — including a trio doubleheaders — in five days against the White Sox and Cubs.

The Cardinals have seen 18 straight games postponed after playing just their fifth game of the season to cap a two-game set with the Minnesota Twins at the end of July. That’s a total of four entire series and three doubleheaders.

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They’ve been out of action for two weeks, and that’s a pretty big hole blown in what was already a shortened and compressed 60-game schedule. The daunting task ahead of trying to make up so many games in such a brief amount of time before the regular season ends Sept. 27 has generated talk of imbalanced records across the league and what Major League Baseball might have to do should numerous teams finish the year without having played the same number of games.

Obviously, that could have a dramatic effect on playoff seeding in the expanded postseason fields, which grew to include eight teams in each league. While it might sound like a quick fix to simply pluck the Cardinals out of the running for a playoff berth in the National League, doing so would create even more headaches for the teams who were supposed to play them. That includes the White Sox and all their AL Central rivals, putting them in a wildly different situation than teams from the AL East and AL West, with whom they are competing for wild card spots. And it could change things within the AL Central race, too, with the Detroit Tigers waiting to find out when they'll play the four-game series they were supposed to play against the Cardinals last week.

And so the Cardinals will attempt to resume their season Saturday on the South Side. Though like everything involving the 2020 Major League Baseball season, and the Cardinals' campaign in particular, things have the potential to change in a hurry.


White Sox Talk Podcast: Dallas Keuchel's wakeup call to the White Sox


White Sox Talk Podcast: Dallas Keuchel's wakeup call to the White Sox

After an embarrassing loss to the Detroit Tigers on Monday, Dallas Keuchel called out his teammates in person and in the media to be better and it seems to have worked.

Chuck Garfien and Ryan McGuffey discuss Keuchel's leadership in the White Sox locker room, and the team's response to Keuchel's comments. They also dive into Tim Anderson's return to the lineup after coming back from injury and his home run trot after crushing a ball.

(2:00) - Keuchel's importance to the White Sox

(6:40) - Should Rick Renteria have called out the team instead of Keuchel?

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(11:00) - Tim Anderson's leadoff home run trot

(16:30) - White Sox bullpen is coming through

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White Sox Talk Podcast