The Chicago White Sox offense stayed hot, as they crushed the Boston Red Sox again Wednesday night, winning by a 9-2 score at Fenway Park in Boston.The White Sox have won the first three of this four-game series.
This was the seventh consecutive win by the White Sox, all coming on the road.
The clutch first inning offense for the White Sox continued, as Adam Eaton hit a solo home run to lead off the game. Chicago added to their lead before the inning ended.
It wouldn’t be long before the “Good Guys” got on the board again. With two outs and Carlos Sanchez on second, Eaton singled to center scoring Sanchez (Eaton advanced to second on the throw). Tyler Saladino came up next and reached on an infield single.
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With runners on the corners and two outs, Cabrera drove in Eaton to make it a 4-0 White Sox lead. After Jose Abreu walked, LaRoche was hit by a pitch putting the visiting Sox on top 5-0.
Boston got on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Xander Bogaerts led off the inning with an infield single, and was standing at second base with two outs. Mike Napoli hit a high fly ball off the green monster, scoring Bogaerts. Napoli ended up with a double, and would be stranded.
Two more runs would cross the plate for the White Sox in the seventh.
Avisail Garcia reached on an infield single with one out. Ramirez followed him with a double, putting runners on second and third with one out. Sanchez knocked in Garcia with a weak ground out to third, making it 7-1, while advancing Ramirez to third. Flowers singled to left, putting the South Siders on top 8-1. Eaton ended the inning with a strikeout.
Jul 29, 2015; Boston, MA, USA; Chicago White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton (1) and shortstop Alexei Ramirez (10) celebrate defeating the Boston Red Sox 9-4 at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports
Napoli gained his second RBI of the night with a solo home run to left in the bottom of the seventh, making the Sox lead 8-2. After a double by Rusney Castillo, White Sox starting pitcher Jose Quintana was pulled from the game.
Zach Putnam relieved Quintana, shutting down the Red Sox in the seventh and eighth innings. The White Sox scored one more run on an Abreu RBI single in the eighth, for the 9-2 lead.
While many (including myself) assumed the White Sox would be dealing Jeff Samardzija, now they may be adding talent at the deadline as they inch closer to the top in the AL Wild Card race.
With this late surge, they are back into competing for the second Wild Card spot, being just 2.5 games out of that second spot with a 49-50 record.
Considering the Minnesota Twins are currently tanking, and the other teams they are contending with are around .500, it could be a fairly interesting August and September for the White Sox and the Wild Card race.