Walk-Off Sunday Sets Stage for Sox-Cubs Week

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Today’s News

Sox-Cubs Showdown

It’s that time again. The White Sox and Cubs clash in the annual Crosstown Cup series this week, with games at U.S. Cellular Field tonight and tomorrow night and at Wrigley Field on Wednesday and Thursday nights.

The two teams split six games in 2015 with each club winning two of three at the opposing ballpark. The Sox lead the all-time series, 55-49. They are 28-24 at home and 27-25 at Wrigley.

The Tale of the Tape:

Tonight at USCF (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN): Starting Pitchers — RHP Miguel Gonzalez (2-5, 4.41) for the Sox, RHP Jake Arrieta (12-4, 2.60) for the Cubs.

Tomorrow Night at USCF (6:10 p.m. CT, WGN/ESPN). Starting Pitchers — RHP James Shields (4-12, 4.99) for the Sox, RHP Kyle Hendricks (9-6, 2.27) for the Cubs.

Wednesday Night at Wrigley (7:05 p.m. CT, CSN/ESPN). Starting Pitchers — RHP Jacob Turner (0-1, 14.73) for the Sox, RHP Jason Hammel (9-5, 3.36) for the Cubs.

Thursday Night at Wrigley (7:05 p.m. CT, WGN). Starting Pitchers: TBA for the Sox, RHP John Lackey (7-6, 3.75) for the Cubs.

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Yesterday’s Highlights

Suspended Game

Adam Eaton singled home Avi Garcia in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Sox nipped the Tigers, 4-3, in walk-off fashion in the continuation of Saturday night’s game that was suspended due to rain (click on top link below).

Because Chris Sale was scratched from his start on Saturday, six regular relievers–Matt Albers (2.0 IP), who started the game, Dan Jennings (2.0), Tommy Kahnle (2.0), Zach Duke (1.0), Nate Jones (0.2) and David Robertson (1.1)–combined for the win with Robertson earning his first victory of the season with a scoreless inning in advance of the game-winner.

In addition to scoring the winning run after reaching on an infield single and stealing second, Avi Garcia drove in a pair of runs with a homer (6), a solo shot (click on bottom link), and a sac fly. Dioner Navarro doubled in a run.

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Regularly Scheduled Game

The second verse is the same as the first (almost).

While Eaton’s walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth won the suspended game, Adam walked and eventually scored the winning run on a Melky Cabrera walk-off single in the regularly scheduled contest as the Sox defeated the Tigers, 5-4 (click on top link below). And while David Robertson earned his first win in the suspended game with a scoreless performance, he got the victory in the nightcap despite surrendering the lead in the top of the ninth.

Eaton also provided the power as he belted his sixth home run of the season in the second inning, a three-run blast, that gave the Sox a 4-0 lead (click on middle link).

If it weren’t for four late Detroit homers off Nate Jones and Robertson that tied the score, the headline story would have been Jose Quintana‘s great performance (click on bottom link). Q was his usual stellar self, with 6.2 scoreless innings. He allowed just three hits and lowered his ERA to 2.97. In the past four games he’s gone 3-0 with a 2.10 ERA and 20 strikeouts.

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Adam and Melky

Eaton is batting .309 over his last 35 games. Cabrera recorded his 15th career walk-off and extended his hitting streak to nine games, batting .368 with two doubles, a triple, a homer and three RBI during that span.

Quote of the Day

Eaton on the Sox surrendering the lead in the top of the ninth in Game 2 and coming back to win:

“Baseball is funny like that. It will beat you down, but then it will build you back up. It’s a love-hate relationship, for sure. To have two walk-off wins, especially to get two wins off a great opponent like Detroit, and for them to be walk-offs, is huge for us.”

Comings and Goings

Carlos Rodon begins a rehab assignment today with Class AAA Charlotte…RHP Anthony Ranaudo has been recalled from the Knights, replacing Chris Sale on the 25-man roster. As announced yesterday, Sale was suspended for five games due to the clubhouse incident on Saturday night…Carlos Sanchez, who was called up to be the 26th man for the two Sunday contests, was returned to Charlotte after the game.

Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox recorded their third and fourth walk-offs of the season, the first time a Sox team has recorded two walk-off wins in the same day since October 3, 1991 vs. the Twins (Matt Merullo and Warren Newson each singled). The last time a major-league team had two walk-offs in the same day was May 28, 2004 in the Pirates’ win over the Cubs.

Photo of the Day

Once the “Top Guns” in the game, White Sox’ great Frank Thomas and Ken Griffey Jr., who played with the Sox briefly in 2008, reunited over the weekend in Cooperstown as Junior joined The Big Hurt in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

#SoxCellfieSunday

Whenever you come out to U.S. Cellular Field, be sure to tag your photos with #SoxGameDay for a chance to be featured on our video boards during the game. Each Sunday we’ll post some of our favorite selfies from the last week right here!

Go White Sox!

Sale Seeks 15th Win, Buehrle Anniversary, Griffey to Hall and More…

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (14-3, 3.18) for the Sox, LHP Matt Boyd (1-2, 4.91) for Detroit.

Sale is making his 20th start of the season, 10th at home and third vs. the Tigers. The first in the majors to reach 14 victories, the Sox’ five-time All-Star is currently tied at that number with the Orioles’ Chris Tillman as he seeks No. 15 tonight.

Sale ranks among the American League leaders in many categories including wins (1st), innings pitched (1st, 133), opponents average (3rd, .216), strikeouts (5th, 129) and ERA (8th).

The Sox’ ace recorded a no decision in his last start on July 18 at Seattle despite allowing just one hit along with six K’s in eight innings of work.

Last Night’s Highlights

Justin Morneau connected with his first homer in a Sox uniform, a three-run blast (click on link below), and Jose Abreu went 3-for-3 with a walk and two RBI in the Sox’ 7-5 loss to the Tigers…Melky Cabrera added two hits, including his 20th double of the season.

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Morneau is batting .385 with a double, homer and four RBI over his last five games…Abreu is batting .429 with two doubles, two homers and 11 RBI against Detroit this season. He has reached base safely in 40 of his last 42 games, batting .313 during that span…Cabrera extended his hitting streak to seven games, batting .414 during that time. He has reached base in 10 of his last 13 games against the Tigers, batting .353 with five doubles, a triple, two home runs and eight RBI in those games.

Silver Lining

In addition to the outstanding seasons by Sale and Jose QuintanaTodd Frazier (28) is just one behind Baltimore’s Mark Trumbo for the big-league lead in homers…Adam Eaton leads all MLB outfielders with 14 assists and is also the leader (21) in DRS (defensive runs saved)…Since June 23, James Shields has the fifth lowest ERA (2.52) in the A.L.

On This Date in 2009…

Seven years ago today, July 23, 2009, Mark Buehrle pitched his perfect game vs. the Tampa Bay Rays. We’ll never forget the gem and Dewayne Wise‘s ‘The Catch.’

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/mlb/news/buehrle_perfectgame/index.jsp

Quote of the Day

Buehrle:

“I never thought I’d throw a no-hitter (April 18, 2007 vs. Rangers), never thought I’d throw a perfect game and I never thought I’d hit a home run (June 13, 2009 at Milwaukee). Never say never in this game because crazy stuff can happen.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, WGN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Quintana(8-8, 3.13) for the Sox, RHP Anibal Sanchez (5-11, 6.60) for Detroit.

The Bo Bobblehead

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/ct-bo-jackson-bobblehead-20160721-story.html

Photo/Video of the Day

Ken Griffey Jr., who played 41 games for the Sox at the end of the 2008 regular season and three games in the American League Division Series, will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame tomorrow in Cooperstown.

Junior’s biggest contribution to the Sox was arguably his throw from center field in the fifth inning of the ‘Blackout Game,’ Game 163 vs. Minnesota to determine the ’08 American League Central title. In a play that will long be remembered by Sox fans, the Griffey to A.J. Pierzynski connection cut down the Twins’ Michael Cuddyer at the plate to preserve a John Danks‘ shutout. As it turned out, the throw was monumental. Jim Thome belted a solo homer in the seventh and the  game ended 1-0 White Sox as the Good Guys captured the division crown and went on to face the Rays in the A.L. Division Series.

Here’s the play:

http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/6479266/v3577847

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Behind the Ballpark

Even the most loyal White Sox fans (likely) don’t know every corner of U.S. Cellular Field. To help celebrate 25 years in this stadium, we will be bringing you a behind the scenes look at some of the lesser-known and off-limits parts of the park. Check back each week for another look at the home of your White Sox!

Throwback Thursday

1976 Team Color Shorts 8x10

In honor of this Saturday’s 1976 throwback game, we are taking a look at some of the 1970’s memorabilia we have here at the ballpark.

1976 Scorebook

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On August 8, 1976, the White Sox made history by stepping out for their game against the Kansas City Royals in shorts (as seen above). What was planned to be the series uniform only lasted one day, as the guys found it difficult (and painful) to slide with exposed legs. So how did that game go? Take a look for yourself at the scorecards we have from that day:

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1970s Jerseys

The Bard’s Room is the dining room for White Sox investors, guests, front office employees and members of the media during games. It is also home to old jerseys full of White Sox history, including those from 1971-1975 and 1976-1981, alongside the names of some of the most memorable players from that era.

1976 Pictures

Enjoy some other team photos that we’ve found as part of our #TBT tribute

And last but not least, here is a picture of the 1976 Bicentennial celebration at Comiskey Park, featuring HOFer Bill Veeck:

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Don’t forget – the first 20,000 fans to Saturday’s game against the Detroit Tigers will receive this 1976 replica jersey!

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We hope you enjoyed revisiting the 1970’s White Sox! Be sure to check back next Thursday for more scenes Behind the Ballpark.

 

Sox Homers Right on Q

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Today’s News

Last Night’s Highlights

Jose Quintana earned his eighth win, Brett Lawrie (12) and Melky Cabrera (9) belted solo homers and Todd Frazier (27) slammed a two-run shot as the Sox got back on the winning side of the ledger with a 6-1 victory over the Mariners.

Q allowed just one run on six hits and struck out seven in six strong innings. Zach Duke (1.0 IP), Nate Jones (1.1) and rookie Carson Fulmer (0.2) came on and pitched three innings of scoreless relief.

J.B. Shuck went 3-for-4 with an RBI, Dioner Navarro doubled in a run and Tim Anderson collected a pair of base hits.

Enjoy watching Q and the homers:

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This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Mariners at Safeco Field (2:40 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series and six-game road trip. Starting Pitchers: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (2-5, 4.40) for the Sox, RHP Felix Hernandez (4-4, 2.86) for the M’s.

Gonzalez makes his 14th start, 10th on the road and fourth career vs. Seattle. He has a victory with a 2.25 ERA over his last three starts.

Quote of the Day

Shuck on last night’s win:

“We’ve been in, I think, all but one game so far since we’ve been back. So it’s good to finally get this one out of the way and kind of be able to relax again and hopefully get back on a roll.”

Sox Notes of Note

With his 27th homer last night, Frazier is one behind the MLB leader Mark Trumbo of the Orioles…the Sox have four of their own first-round picks on the current roster: Fulmer (2015), Carlos Rodon (2014), Anderson (2013) and Chris Sale (2010)…Anderson has hit safely in 23 of his 33 career games (15 multi-hit)…Anderson and Adam Eaton have combined to hit .293 with 15 doubles, three triples, seven homers, 22 RBI and 38 runs scored in 29 games since being moved to the top two spots in the lineup on June 13…The Good Guys have hit 31 home runs runs over the last 24 games since June 21.

Next Up

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series and six-game homestand that continues with two vs. the Cubs next Monday and Tuesday.

Photo of the Day

Fulmer retired the final two batters last night and celebrated the win with batterymate Navarro.

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Tuesday Roundup: All-Star Q vs. M’s, Sox Junior RBI Team Heads to World Series, Double Duty Classic and More…

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Mariners at Safeco Field, Seattle (9:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the middle game of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (7-8, 3.21) for the Sox, LHP Wade Miley (6-6, 5.44) for Seattle.

Last Night’s Highlights

Chris Sale gave up just one hit in eight scoreless innings, Todd Frazier belted his 26th homer, a two-run blast, and Tim Anderson smashed his his fifth long one, a solo shot, in the Sox’ 4-3 walkoff loss to the Mariners.

Sale’s gem and the Frazier and Anderson homers:

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Sox Youth Squad Headed to RBI World Series

The White Sox Junior Baseball RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) youth team defeated its Kansas City Royals counterparts 13-0 in the Central Regional tournament to advance to the RBI World Series in Cincinnati, August 3-8.

Diego Munoz pitched four no-hit innings, Kendall Pettis hit an inside-the-park home run and Mike Bolton went 3-for-3.

Double Duty Classic Airs Live Today on CSN 

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/white-sox-charities/youth-baseball/double-duty-classic/

http://www.csnchicago.com/chicago-white-sox/ninth-annual-double-duty-classic-airs-tuesday-csn

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Mariners at Safeco Field (2:40 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series and six-game road trip. Starting Pitchers: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (2-5, 4.40) for the Sox, RHP Felix Hernandez (4-4, 2.86) for the M’s.

Photo of the Day

In Sunday’s post we included a feature on promising Sox outfield prospect Adam Engel. Good news for the former University of Louisville star–he has since been promoted from Class AA Birmingham to Class AAA Charlotte. In his Knights’ debut last night, Engel played center field, batted leadoff and went 2-for-4 with a run scored.

In case you missed the story:

http://www.wdrb.com/story/32460718/bozich-next-former-louisville-player-to-major-leagues-adam-engel

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Minor League Monday

Every other Monday, we will spotlight some of the top recent performances in the White Sox minor league system, and keep you up-to-date on the players you’ll want to know over the next few years.

Zack Collins – Catcher (High A Winston-Salem)

SEASON STATS:

Zack Collins, the White Sox 2016 first-round draft pick from the University of Miami, made his High-A debut this past weekend. On Friday, Collins’ bat was on fire, where he had three hits, along with the first home run of his professional career. Later in the weekend he had an impressive three-run home run along with a pair of walks. In all, Collins came out of this three-game series with two homers and eight RBIs for the Winston-Salem Dash. The 21-year-old catcher also visited the White Sox last month and took BP alongside some of the guys.

Zack Burdi – Pitcher (AA Birmingham)

SEASON STATS:

Zack Burdi, the second pick of the White Sox during the 2016 draft and a Chicagoland native, threw a scoreless inning for Class AA Birmingham against Biloxi striking out two. At the University of Louisville, the 21-year-old right-hander was throwing 95-99 MPH balls with unusually good control for someone with that speed. Burdi played four games with Winston-Salem (Class A Advanced) before being assigned to the Birmingham Barons (Class AA).

Adam Engel – Center Field (AAA Charlotte)

SEASON STATS:

Just today Adam Engel was promoted from AA Birmingham to AAA Charlotte. Engel was drafted by the White Sox in the 19th round of the 2013 draft. Last year’s Arizona Fall League MVP, he now leads the Southern League (AA) in triples, and ranks fourth in stolen bases and runs scored.

 

Carson Fulmer: “It’s One of Those Moments That You Try to Cherish as Much as You Can”

Monday, July 18, 2016

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Mariners at Safeco Field, Seattle (9:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (14-3, 3.38) vs. LHP Wade LeBlanc (1-0, 3.52).

Yesterday’s Highlights

The silver lining in yesterday’s 8-1 loss to the Angels was the much-anticipated major-league debut of right-hander Carson Fulmer. The Sox’ top draft choice in 2015 came on in the seventh inning, struck out the first batter he faced–who just happened to be future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols (see video above)–and tossed two scoreless innings with a pair of strikeouts.

Not to be outdone, catcher Omar Narvaez (No. 38 pictured below getting congratulations) scored the only Sox run on an Adam Eaton double after ripping a two base-hit to left field in his first major-league at bat (click on link below):

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Quote of the Day

Fulmer on making his first big-league appearance…

“It’s one of those moments that you try to cherish as much as you can. It was definitely an opportunity I’ll never forget.”

…and facing the likes of Pujols:

“He’s one of the game’s best. But I’m just trying to stick to my approach like I always do and try not to necessarily think about who is in the box. Obviously you have a ton of respect for a guy like that…Seeing him step in the box, especially with my growing up watching him play, it was a special moment.”

2016 Draft Update

* First-round pick Zack Collins out of the University of Miami has two homers and eight RBI in three games with the High-A Winston-Salem Dash.

* Another first-rounder, Zach Burdi from Chicago and the University of Louisville, struck out two yesterday in a scoreless inning for Class AA Birmingham vs. Biloxi.

* Second-rounder Alec Hansen out of the University of Oklahoma made his debut at Rookie League Great Falls, tossing four scoreless innings and giving up just one hit and one walk along with eight strikeouts against Grand Junction. In 11 minor-league innings he has not given up a run, allowed only two hits and has struck out an impressive 19.

Thome Special Tonight

“Inside Look: Jim Thome” premieres tonight at 8:00 p.m. CT on Comcast SportsNet.

http://www.csnchicago.com/chicago-white-sox/why-jim-thome-owes-his-baseball-career-roy-hobbs

Next Up

Tomorrow: White Sox vs. Mariners at Safeco Field (9:10 p.m. CT, WGN). Starting Pitchers — LHP Jose Quintana (7-8, 3.21) vs. LHP Wade Miley (6-6, 5.44).

Wednesday: White Sox vs. Mariners at Safeco Field (2:40 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers — RHP Miguel Gonzalez (2-5, 4.40) vs. RHP Felix Hernandez (4-4, 2.86).

Photo of the Day

Fresh off his All-Star appearance, Sale goes for win No. 15 tonight.

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#SoxCellfieSunday

Whenever you come out to U.S. Cellular Field, be sure to tag your photos with #SoxGameDay for a chance to be featured on our video boards during the game. Each Sunday we’ll post some of our favorite selfies from the last week right here!

 

Go White Sox!

Sunday Roundup: Turner Makes Sox Debut in Series Finale vs. Angels, All-Stars to Face Mariners and More…

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Today’s News 

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Angels at Angels Stadium, Anaheim (2:35 p.m. CT, WGN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: RHP Jacob Turner (pictured above), making his first start of the season for the Sox after being recalled from Class AAA Charlotte, vs. RHP Jered Weaver (7-7, 5.27) for L.A.

Last Night’s Highlights

James Shields couldn’t have been much better last night in the Sox’ tough 1-0 loss to the Angels. The Halos’ Yunel Escobar collected a leadoff triple in the first inning and scored what would be the game’s only run on a Mike Trout ground out. Shields didn’t allow another hit until he gave up a double to Ji-man Choi with one out in the eighth. In all, the Sox right-hander (pictured below) tossed a two-hit, complete game and in his last five starts he has recorded an impressive 2.43 ERA in 33.1 innings.

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Quote of the Day

Former major-league scout Bernie Pleskoff defines recently recalled Carson Fulmer in one word:

“Competitor.”

Sanchez to Charlotte

After last night’s game, Carlos Sanchez was optioned to Charlotte.

Sox Prospect Adam Engel Up Close and Personal

http://www.wdrb.com/story/32460718/bozich-next-former-louisville-player-to-major-leagues-adam-engel

Next Up

White Sox vs. Mariners at Safeco Field, Seattle in a three-game series that will conclude a six-game road trip for the Sox.

Monday: (9:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers — LHP Chris Sale (14-3, 3.38) vs. LHP Wade LeBlanc (1-0, 3.52).

Tuesday: (9:10 p.m. CT, WGN). Starting Pitchers — LHP Jose Quintana (7-8, 3.21) vs.LHP Wade Miley (6-6, 5.44).

Wednesday: (2:40 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers — RHP Miguel Gonzalez (2-5, 4.40) vs. RHP Felix Hernandez (4-4, 2.86).

Photo of the Day

The Sox will be counting on their All-Star aces in the first two games of the upcoming series in Seattle.

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