Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale returned to the mound with a big-time effort in his return from the disabled list.
The left-handed Sale pitched six shutout innings against the visiting New York Yankees, his first start since April 17, and it was more than good enough for the White Sox to hold on for a 3-2 win in the first of four games against the Bronx Bombers.
Let’s talk about Sale’s night. He was perfect for 5.2 innings, and in the six innings he pitched, he struck out six. Sale allowed one hit, no runs and walked none.
Sale’s ERA for the season drops to 1.89, as he moves to 4-0 on the year.
This is what the White Sox have been missing … the presence that Sale brings to the mound. He may not be the biggest of guys, but when he is on the mound, I’ll take my chances with him over any other pitcher in the majors.
Am I being a homer to an extent … maybe, but his numbers speak for themselves, and if he’s able to stay healthy, he’s only going to get better, and that’s a scary thought for opponents of the White Sox.
Ronald Belisario seems to be the closer of choice for the White Sox at the moment, pitching the ninth inning, and though he made it a bit worrisome, he did get his second save of the season, though he allowed two runs (one earned).
Zach Putman and Daniel Webb each pitched scoreless and hitless innings.
Now for the hitting of the White Sox … they finished with eight hits, as Adam Eaton was 2-for-4 with one RBI.
Adam Dunn was 1-for-4 with one RBI, but his hit in the eighth inning ended up being very important in the grand scheme of things, as it ended up going for the RBI that scored Gordon Beckham and gave the White Sox their third run.
Alejandro De Aza also had an RBI for the White Sox.
This was just an enjoyable game to watch if you like the White Sox, as this was their third win in their past four games.
Just having Sale back in the lineup made this team better, and now maybe the rest of the starting rotation can follow his lead.
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