Melky Cabrera had a home run and four RBIs as the White Sox came back to win 5-4 over Boston. David Robertson earned his eighth save of the season.
The Chicago White Sox clawed back from a 4-3 deficit to take the series opener 5-4 over the Boston Red Sox. Juan Minaya earned the win and David Robertson recorded his eighth save of the season. Melky Cabrera led the offense with a home run and four RBIs.
Cabrera’s three-run home run in the bottom of the third, put the pale hose up 3-1. Boston would however respond and tie the game with two runs in the top of the fourth. Then, a Mookie Betts solo home run off Gregory Infante would give the Red Sox the lead.
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But the White Sox wouldn’t quit. An RBI double from Kevan Smith in the seventh inning would plate Yolmer Sanchez, then an infield single by Cabrera would score Smith, and give the White Sox the lead for good. Tommy Kahnle would pitch a scoreless eighth to give way for Robertson.
One thing to keep an eye on in game two will be the bullpen. David Holmberg lasted only four innings, so Renteria was forced to use three relievers and his closer. The bullpen only allowed a run on two hits. They have been tremendous all season.
Renteria is definitely going to need a strong outing from Jose Quintana on Tuesday. If Quintana can last six or seven innings, that gives the bullpen time to rest. Another short outing for the starting pitching could hamper the bullpen’s effectiveness moving forward. That is one area this team can improve. They need to get better outings from their starter pitchers. But if they can do that, the bullpen has already shown the ability to shut opposing team’s down.