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Southside Salutations; The 2016 Season Has finally Begun

After 6 months of waiting, and what seemed like a long day of waiting for the White Sox to start their season they finally played the first game of the season in Oakland last night. It was supposed too be a pitching Match up of Sonny Gray Vs Chris Sale, but Sonny Gray somehow got food poisoning and lefty Rich Hill had to replace him.  The Sox went off to a quick start scoreing 4 runs in the 1st 2 innings the 2nd inning was where the White Sox did most of their scoring, which had Sale sitting for awhile which I believe contributed to his shaky 3rd inning when Oakland scored.

Luckily Sale settled down, because after awhile the bats went silent, he made it through 7 innings,   striking out eight and walking one. Robin Ventura wound up using four relievers on the night, three to get through the eighth inning.  After righty Jake Petricka came in and walked Lowrie, Robin then turned to Zack Duke to retire Reddick.  Nate Jones then came in with some filthy stuff thus, retiring the next two batters. Nate if he stays healthy will be great to have back in this bullpen this year I am hoping he will be the reason we go farther this year. David Robertson came in the 9th walked Coco Crisp, and then got the last 3 outs of the game to get our 1st win this year.

The rest of the week we play Oakland three more games, and then Cleveland comes to town this weekend for the White Sox Home opening weekend, which I will be going too Friday and Saturday, I am excited for this season to have finally started and I can’t wait to see how it unfolds.

Some Peculiar Game Notes;   Sale’s shaky third inning seemed a combination of him overthrowing his fastball and some tough luck with balls in play. He didn’t allow a single extra base hit in the inning, and the only two he allowed for the game were both doubles by Billy Butler, who improved to an absurd 17-for-50 off of Sale for his career.

The White Sox had five guys in their Opening Day lineup who were not on the roster last year. Rollins finished 1-for-4 with an RBI, Lawrie went 1-for-4 (and was picked off after his hit), Jackson went 1-for-3 (and also drew the team’s lone walk of the night), Todd Frazier and Dioner Navarro both went 0-for-4. Frazier struck out in his first two at-bats and finally hit the ball hard in his last at-bat, lining out to third base. Navarro tried sacrificing Lawrie after his aforementioned single and promptly popped out. He did, however, make a nice defensive play later by picking off Burns on a botched steal attempt.

Getting that 1st win of the year out of the way is great, I am really excited to see where the rest of the season takes us.  Hopefully by next Monday when we start a series in Minnesota we have up to at least Five or Six wins, that would be a great start to have!

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