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White Sox fight, but fall, in Atlanta

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Hat tricks from Yoán and TA pace a 15-K day

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Atlanta Braves
Three-K club: Two of Chicago’s best hitters, Yoán Moncada (above) and Tim Anderson, whiffed thrice on Friday.
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Tough one in Atlanta tonight. For much of the game, it felt like the Chicago White Sox were more hopelessly behind the Atlanta Braves than they were.

But despite their fight, down to a two-run single by Leury García with two outs in the ninth, the White Sox fell on Friday, 10-7.

Pretend that instead of having to listen to Chip Caray, you’ve put Boots Randolph’s “Yakety Sax” on to soundtrack this highlight, which sort of sums up the hitting, fielding and baserunning futility tonight:

As alluded, it seems the White Sox should never have been as close in this game as they were, rallying from down 4-0 to just 6-5 by the seventh, when Beef got juicy with a pinch-hit round-tripper:

Oh my, hearing Wimpy back on the broadcast makes my spirit soar and heart go pitter-pat.

Well, Iván Nova was not the Nova of second-half stinginess in this one, serving up a tough combo of meaty pitches and no control in the zone.

The final linescore was a study in contrasts: Atlanta managed to draw six walks against just two Ks, while White Sox batters struggled to two walks against 15 (!) whiffs. Combine that with Castillo’s blast being the only extra-base hit of the team’s seven total, and it’s sort of a miracle the South Siders put up seven runs.

Tomorrow night, it’s Reynaldo López bringing the heat, for a 6:20 p.m. game on NBCSCH and WGN.

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