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Tommy Kahnle and The South Side “Buntmen” Help Secure A Victory In Toronto

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Tommy Kahnle and The South Side “Buntmen” Help Secure A Victory In Toronto

On Saturday afternoon the Chicago White Sox went into the Rogers Centre, and with some help from Tommy Kahnle, came out with a victory.

Early Scoring And Mike Pelfrey’s Start

The game started with a scoreless first inning, but the bats came alive in the second. With 1 out in the inning, Todd Frazier stepped up to the plate and crushed a pitch into the upper deck.

That put the Sox up 1-0, but it did not end there. The next batter, Matt Davidson, scooped a 0-2 sinker over the left field wall making the score 2-0. This adds to Matt Davidson’s impressive resurgence this season, that home run makes it Davidson’s 5th in his last 6 ballgames. Davidson finished the game going 2-4, which moves his batting average up to .263 and pushes his home run total to 15.

Another important performance came from the White Sox starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey. He went 6 innings giving, up only 4 hits and 1 earned run with no walks. This is definitely important for him because Pelfrey has struggled to go through the order for the third time. Today, however, he only gave up 1 run on a RBI double by Ryan Goins. Pelfrey was able to induce a ground ball in the bottom of the 6th which got him out of the inning.

Jose Abreu Saves The Decision

White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu padded the lead in the 6th with a solo shot off of Marcus Stroman. Abreu sent a sinker over the left center field wall, which gave the Sox a 3-1 lead. This would end up being a huge insurance run for Mike Pelfrey.

In the bottom of the 7th, the Blue Jays started to storm back after Justin Smoak singled to center and Troy Tulowitzki drew a walk. Dwight Smith Jr. would then hit a base hit up the middle cutting the lead to 3-2. Jennings gave up the base hit to Smoak so the run was charged to Jennings, although Chris Beck gave up the single to Smith Jr.

Tommy Kahnle Enters

Tommy Kahnle continued his impressive season by coming on with 2 runners on and only 1 out in the 7th. Kahnle induced a double play ball to get the Sox out of danger. He came back out to pitch the 8th and pitched a 1-2-3 inning with 2 strikeouts.

Tommy Kahnle’s season has been very impressive. He now owns an impressive 1.27 ERA with 48 strikeouts. His performance this season is definitely important to the team’s success as the Sox setup man, Nate Jones, is still on the disabled list and the recovery process is taking longer than expected.

The South Side “Buntmen”

White Sox color commentator Jason Benetti dubbed Melky Cabrera, Omar Narvaez, and Yolmer Sanchez “The South Side Buntmen” after their heroic bunts put two more runs on the board and secured the victory.

In the top of the 8th, Alen Hanson led off the inning with a single up the middle. Melky Cabrera would then use a sacrifice bunt to move him over to second base. Hanson would go on to score after an error by Josh Donaldson (2nd error of the game) cost the Jays a run. The error then made the game 4-2, but the “Buntmen” continued to ply their trade.

Later, in the 9th inning, Tim Andrson hit a leadoff double. Then, catcher Omar Narvaez moved Anderson over to 3rd on a sacrifice bunt. Next was the second baseman, Yolmer Sanchez who, with the help of Tim Andrson, pulled off a suicide squeeze moving the score to 5-2. Anderson scored on the suicide squeeze and left-handed pitcher Ryan Tepera threw the ball away allowing Yolmer to move into 2nd base.

David Robertson Closes The Door

With the score now 5-2 headed into the bottom of the 9th, White Sox closer David Robertson continued his hot streak, setting down the Blue Jays in order to end the game with a save. Robertson has not had many save opportunities this season, but came away with number 11 against Toronto. He added 2 more strikeouts giving  him 37 total for the season

The Sox will look to complete the sweep tomorrow afternoon. The game will begin at 12:07 PM CT/ 1:07 PM ET. James Shields will take the mound for the first time since he was injured back in April. He will face off against the Blue Jays starting pitcher, J.A. Happ.