The Chicago White Sox spoiled the Miami Marlins’ excellent run again this Saturday with a hard-fought 8×7 victory in the Major Leagues.
With a timely 10-hit offense, including homers by Jason Coats and an RBI double by Canadian pinch-hitter Justin Mourneau, the latter in the eighth, the White Sox came out the wide door.
In addition, the ‘whitelegs’ also had pushes from Adam Eaton, the Mexican-American Tyler Saladino (2) and the Cuban José Abreu, who were enough to spoil the day for the ‘Capital del Sol’ team, who still fight for the second wild card ticket for the playoffs in the National League.
The Marlins entered the game with the second wildcard visa, but with the Cardinals’ loss and win over the Cubs 8×4, the St. Louis team momentarily seized that ticket.
The White Sox took command of the action in the first inning by slipping Eaton, and after two outs, a double by Cuban Abreu, who put his team ahead 1-0.
Immediately afterwards, in the second inning, the Patiblancos increased the record with three runs by a single by Tim Anderson and Venezuelan Dioner Navarro, the latter driving force, a walk to Eaton and an RBI double by shortstop Saladino.
The Marlins went up 5-4 in the third on singles by pitcher Adam Conley and Dee Gordon and a home run by Venezuelan Martín Prado, as well as a double by Christian Yelich and a hit by JT Realmuto, the latter driving the lead.
Earlier, in the second, the Marlins had scored one on Stanton’s line drive to left-center, his 25th of the contest.
An oversight by pitcher Conley leading off the fourth inning later allowed Jason Coats to drive the ball out of the park to tie the game at five runs.
The Marlins went ahead later in the fourth on Stanton’s two-RBI single off reliever Matt Albers.
Back-to-back singles by pitcher Conley, Gordon and Prado set the stage for Stanton’s line drive over second base.
The Chicago team came close in the sixth with one run thanks to singles by Anderson and Navarro, a walk to pinch-hit Carlos Sánchez and a fielder’s choice on Eaton’s infield hit.
It was later in the eighth that the ‘white-footed’ scored two to define the game.
The victory went to reliever Chris Beck (1-0) and the setback to firefighter Kyle Barraclouth (6-3), while the rescue was scored by David Robertson, his 29th of the season, after finishing the ninth from 1-2-3.
In other results, Yankees to Rays 8×4, Dodgers to Pirates 8×4, Blue Jays to Astros 4×2, Nationals to Braves 7×6, Phillies to Rockies 6×3, Twins to Royals 5×3, Reds to Brewers 11 ×5, Mets to Padres 3×2 in 11 innings and Red Sox to Diamondbacks 6×3. (AFP).