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Chicago White Sox Prove They Can Small-Ball Their Way To Victory

Dayan Viciedo

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Windy City met Motor City for the first of 19 contests this season between the Chicago White Sox and the Detroit Tigers. In need of a win to carry over momentum after a blowout win yesterday, the White Sox scored three runs on five hits to beat the Tigers 3-1 and prove they can small-ball their way to victory.

Instant replay played an important role in the rally, with two key calls going in the White Sox’ favor. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus appealed the ruling on Jose Abreu’s game-tying double, claiming the ball landed foul down the right field line. Replay upheld the ruling on the field, giving Abreu his 18th RBI of the season.

Three batters later, the play at the plate in which Viciedo scored the White Sox’ third run of the game came under review. The umpires originally called Viciedo out at the plate on a tag play, but overturned the call after the White Sox challenged, charging Tigers left fielder Rajai Davis with a throwing error that also allowed Ramirez to advance to second base.

It was a relief for the White Sox to see these two calls go their way, since they lost a challenge on a force play at first base earlier in the game. The win couldn’t come at a more crucial moment, especially given that the White Sox announced that lefty ace Chris Sale is headed to the DL with a left flexor muscle strain. Though an MRI revealed no structural damage, general manager Rick Hahn is exercising as much caution as possible, given that Felipe Paulino is already on the DL as well.

This series against the Tigers was already expected to be a challenge. Sale’s absence compounds that difficulty, but winning game one is the perfect first step.

Nina Zimmerman is a Chicago White Sox writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter @ninazim8 or add her to your network on Google.

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