White Sox turnaround continues with thrilling comeback Vs. Red Sox – NBC Chicago

Sox turnaround continues with comeback victory in Boston originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

The Chicago White Sox’s first eight Saturday morning innings at Fenway Park felt like a missed opportunity.

Dylan Cease continued his self-proclaimed career best start by pitching five good innings, striking out eight and allowing a run despite struggling at times with his command. The bullpen did its job, as Bennett Sousa, José Ruiz and Reynaldo López amassed three white frames on 26 combined pitches in the wake of their starter.

Still, the White Sox entered the ninth inning trailing the Red Sox 1-0. All seven White Sox hits at that time were singles. They were 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position and had nine men locked on base.

But as it happens, the South Siders had a late-inning rally in their bones.

Heroes were unlikely to the casual observer. Third baseman Jake Burger led the start of the ninth, drawing the team’s first walk of the day. Right fielder Adam Engel followed by knocking out three previous strikeouts and stringing together a left double. Second baseman Leury García then hit a sacrifice fly to score Burger from third and tie the game 1-1.

It was a remarkable display of resilience from the lineup’s bottom three hitters against Red Sox reliever Hansel Robles, who coughed up his team’s MLB-leading eighth save of the season.

For a while, the rally stopped there. Tim Anderson, with a groundout from the first pitch at third, and AJ Pollock, with a roll-over at second, blocked Engel on base. This left the score tied and created a tense bottom half of the ninth.

But in a second inning of work, López fell into then got out of trouble by freezing Bobby Dalbec with a 1-2 fastball and inducing a first pitch from Trevor Story after Jackie Bradley Jr. and Christian Vázquez placed the runners. at second and third with one out.

The result was free baseball.

In the 10th inning, the White Sox wasted no time collecting their first two hits with runners in game-scoring position. First, José Abreu hit a brace to score Pollock, the auto-runner at second base, and give his team a 2-1 lead. Luis Robert quickly threw a single down the middle, which scored Abreu and made it 3-1.

That was all Liam Hendriks needed. The closest White Sox slammed the door with an eight-pitch bottom half of the 10th inning, which featured strikeouts from Rafael Devers, Xander Bogaerts and JD Martinez. After a slow start to the season, Hendriks has now recorded six straight outings without allowing a run or hit, and made saves in each of the White Sox’s five straight wins.

“There were so many key moments, it was such a close game,” manager Tony La Russa told reporters. “The team was rewarded for their efforts. This makes it even more special.

The winning streak moves the White Sox to 5-1 in May and 13-13 for the season. The hope is that this is just the start of a sustained turnaround.

“We had a really difficult month of April. Winning this kind of game gives us more hope,” Robert told reporters through team interpreter Billy Russo. “Our confidence is up. Everything is in place.

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