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White Sox: Five Games That Defined 2016 Season

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Aug 3, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (49) sits in dugout during the sixth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 3, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (49) sits in dugout during the sixth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jul 18, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners pinch hitter Adam Lind (26) celebrates his walk-off three-run homer against Chicago White Sox relief pitcher David Robertson (30) during the ninth inningat Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 18, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners pinch hitter Adam Lind (26) celebrates his walk-off three-run homer against Chicago White Sox relief pitcher David Robertson (30) during the ninth inningat Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports /

Adam Lind Hits Pinch-Hit Home Run

Chris Sale pitched a spectacular game against the Mariners on July 18. After exiting with a 3-0 lead against Seattle, it appeared Sale would get his 15th victory of the season. However, David Robertson would blow his third save as he gave up four earned runs in the ninth inning.

The Sox who were riding a four-game losing streak to start the second half, needed this win badly. Unfortunately, Robertson would experience another meltdown and couldn’t retire Mariners pinch-hitter Adam Lind. The veteran slugger hit a three-run walk-off home run with two outs to give the Mariners the 4-3 win.

The blown save for Robertson would be his third of the season at that point. This loss was a hard pill to swallow for Sox fans, as many griped that Sale should have remained in the game. It wasn’t a bad decision to bring in Robertson as Sale had thrown 100 pitches, but Robertson is being paid to close games. Robertson’s inability to protect a 3-0 lead was maddening for Sox fans, and further illustrated just how frustrating 2016 was becoming.

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