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Lefty Blanco gets rare pair of hits off of Sale

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CHICAGO -- Gregor Blanco joined an exclusive club during the White Sox 7-6 victory over the Giants on Wednesday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field.

The Giants leadoff man, who was the only left-handed hitter in the starting lineup against left-hander Chris Sale, knocked out two singles against the White Sox ace. He became just the second left-handed hitter to safely connect off of Sale this season, with the Angels' Josh Hamilton recording two hits on June 7 in Anaheim.

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"I wasn't even thinking about it. I treated it like he was another left-hander," said Blanco. "I wasn't trying to do too much. Just see the ball and make contact. I did my job today. It kind of doesn't mean anything because we lost."

For the season, left-handers are 4-for-38 against Sale, with three walks and 17 strikeouts. Sale has yet to allow an extra-base hit to a left-handed hitter.

"Any lefty has an advantage over a lefty," said Sale, who has 75 strikeouts and 10 walks in 65 1/3 innings. "That's why you see matchups in the bullpen all the time, lefty on lefty and righty on righty. I really couldn't pinpoint anything, but hopefully it keeps working out."

"He knows how to get it to his spot, but it might be sinking to get that spot and the next time it's cutting to get there," said White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers of Sale. "I can't imagine how hard it is to hit because sometimes it's hard to catch the ball."

Buster Posey became the inaugural opposing hitter to get a first-inning hit off of Sale this season, with Posey's two-out single ending an 0-for-29 stretch. Over the first two innings this season, the opposition is 5-for-62 against Sale. He had gone six straight starts in which he carried a no-hitter into at least the fourth before Wednesday.

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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