White Sox: Three Takeaways from Series Against Phillies

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Sep 20, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher James Shields (25) pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 20, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher James Shields (25) pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports /
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Aug 31, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (49) pitches against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 31, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (49) pitches against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /

Chris Sale Cy Young Chances Vanish Against Philadelphia

Chris Sale had an outstanding performance against the Kansas City Royals on Sept. 16. In the start, Sale pitched a complete game and gave up four earned runs. On Wednesday however, Sale didn’t last more than four innings against Philadelphia.

The Phillies, coming off a 7-6 win against the Sox on Tuesday jumped on Sale early. After the Sox got a 1-0 lead thanks to a solo home run from Adam Eaton in the first inning, the Phillies responded with three runs in the bottom of the inning. Sale gave up six earned runs in four innings pitched on seven hits.

Sale’s Cy Young candidacy suffered as the starter fell to 15-9 and saw his ERA climb to 3.23. With just another start or two left, Sale doesn’t have much time to improve his chances for the Cy Young award. The Sox didn’t put up much of a fight in Sale’s start as they loss 8-3 to Philadelphia to complete the brief two game sweep for the Phillies.

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