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White Sox 8, Rangers 7: Melky walks it off

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Down two runs in the ninth, Ricky’s boys pull off the second dramatic comeback this week.

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Down 7-3, the White Sox took advantage of the Rangers bullpen who blew 15 games coming into tonight, and rallied with a Melky Cabrera walk-off double to win, 8-7.

The rally started in the eighth inning. Cabrera led off with a single and advanced to second on a passed ball. Yolmer Sanchez would drive in Cabrera to then make it a 7-5.

In the ninth, against Rangers closer Matt Bush, the bottom of the lineup started the barrage.

  • Adam Engel single off a 100 mph fastball
  • Willy Garcia singled to right
  • Alen Hansen singled to center, scoring Engel.
  • Melky Cabrera doubled down the right field line, hitting the outside chalk to stay just fair. Boom. Steak dinner.

Texas will be kicking themselves for this loss as on three occasions they had the bases loaded with no outs and only came away with two runs.

Texas missed a golden opportunity in the first inning. After allowing singles to Shin-Soo Choo and Elvis Andrus, White Sox starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey hit Nomar Mazara to load the bases with no outs. With future hall-of-famer, Adrian Beltre, at bat it felt like impending doom for Pelfrey. Instead, he induced a wild swing from Beltre on a nice 69-mph curveball to strike him out. Rougned Odor hit a grounder up the middle which was perfect for Yolmer Sanchez to turn the 6-3 double play. Somehow, Pelfrey escaped the jam without any damage.

The same couldn't be said for Rangers starter, Austin Bibens-Dirkx.

September 15th, 2016 was the last time Jose Abreu hit a home run on the South Side hitting it off Cleveland Indians starter, Mike Clevinger. Since then, Abreu had gone 154 at-bats at U.S. Cellular/Guaranteed Rate Field without hitting a home run. He has even set the team record for most consecutive home runs hit on the road with 13. Those streaks finally snapped in his first at-bat tonight as Abreu hit his first home run at home. After recording two quick outs to start the game, Bibens-Dirxk 91-mph fastball got too much of the plate against Abreu, who crushed it to the tune of 443 feet giving Chicago the 1-0 lead.

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The next pitch from Bibens-Dirkx wasn't better, as Todd Frazier annihilated it for 435 feet giving the Sox a 2-0 lead.

That wouldn't hold up for long. In the third inning, Joey Gallo showed off his immense strength going opposite field for his 21st home run, cutting the lead 2-1. In comparison, both Abreu and Frazier hit no-doubters to their pull side. Gallo went opposite field and hit it further at 454 feet.

In the fourth inning, after allowing a dreaded leadoff walk to Beltre, Pelfrey gave up a two-run blast to Odor, giving Texas the 3-2 lead. The rally continued as Choo capped it with a two-run single extending the lead to 5-2.

Chicago was able to get one run back as Todd Frazier hit his second home run of the night to lead off the bottom half of the fourth. With a 5-3 lead, Texas pushed it to 7-3 in the sixth inning when Andrus drove in two with the bases loaded.

A surprising offensive contributor has been Kevan Smith the last two weeks. After Yolmer Sanchez had hit his 11th double of 2017, Smith drove in Sanchez with a duck snort single, his third hit of the night, to right field making it 7-4.

Then chaos in the eighth and ninth inning.

It's the second come-from-behind win for the White Sox this 10-game homestand. They finish the month of June with an 11-16 record and now 8-8 in one-run games this season.

Record: 35-44 | Box Score | Play-by-Play | Video