That is what I call a baseball game!
A great pitcher’s duel, great work from the bullpen, aggressive base running, a walk-off base hit in extra innings … and a 2-1 win for the Chicago White Sox. What more can anyone ask for?
Monday’s game just wasn’t a game that gave the White Sox a six-game winning streak, or put them over the .500 mark for the first time this month, it was a game where the White Sox showed their will and how they eventually wanted it just a little bit more than the visiting Cleveland Indians.
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The play where he dove head first into home plate for the first and only White Sox run against reigning Cy Young award winner Corey Kluber that also set the tone for the ball club. The run came on a wild pitch. That play was just as important as the walk-off base hit by Sanchez, who was 0-for-3 before the base hit to left field.
With the win the White Sox move to 18-17 overall.
May 18, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcherChris Sale
(49) delivers a pitch against the Cleveland Indians at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports
Maybe a little overshadowed in all the excitement of the offense with the way the White Sox moved to their sixth consecutive win was the pitching by both Kluber and White Sox ace Chris Sale.
As Ken Harrelson said following the game it was “aces pitching like aces.” Hawk, my friends was absolutely correct with that statement.
Sale was spot on with eight innings pitched in the no-decision. He allowed one earned run on just four hits and two walks. Sale struck out seven and lowered his season ERA to 4.36.
Kluber was just as good, pitching nine innings. He allowed one earned run on five hits and one walk. He struck out 12 and saw he ERA fall to 3.79 on the year.
This was just an amazing game to watch two of the best pitcher’s in all of baseball battle, with each having a no-decision to show for it. The way those two pitched, maybe it was right neither was charged with the loss.
David Robertson pitched the ninth for the White Sox, adding another scoreless outing to his season totals, and Zach Duke gained the win with his 10th inning relief appearance, where he had a strikeout.
Zach McAllister was charged with the loss, facing five batters. He allowed one run on two hits and a his dreaded lead-off walk ended up being the game-winning run.
This was just a great night for baseball, and the White Sox and Indians each put on one heck of a game for fans to watch.