Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Pregame Notes for Today
John Danks is 4-1 with a 2.48 ERA (11 ER/40.0 IP) in six career starts vs. Oakland
White Sox starters are 3-0 with a 1.99 ERA (9 ER/40.2 IP) on the homestand, with 27 hits allowed and 35 strikeouts.
The Sox have led in all 11 games this season, with two of their four losses coming when leading entering the ninth inning.
Chicago’s bullpen has converted one of six save chances.
A.J. Pierzynski needs 2.2 IC to tie Terry Kennedy for 24th all-time with 11,178.1.
Paul Konerko needs one home run to tie Ralph Kiner for 69th place all-time with 369.
Carlos Quentin has 99 career homers.
LAST NIGHT’S RECAP
Alexei Ramirez recorded his first career multihomer game, including the first game-ending shot of his career, to give the White Sox a 6-5 victory over Oakland in 10 innings.
Ramirez, who finished with four RBI, became the first shortstop in Sox history with a multihomer game, including a game-ender (Elias) … it was the 40th “walkoff” home run in U.S. Cellular Field history and first since Alex Rios on 4/24/10 vs. Seattle.
Sergio Santos threw 2.0 IP for his fifth straight scoreless outing to open the season (7.2 IP), and Chris Sale earned the victory with 2.0 scoreless IP to close the game.
Adam Dunn (appendectomy) went 1-4 with a walk in his return to the lineup after missing six games, and 43-year-old Omar Vizquel collected three hits.
MORE ABOUT ALEXEI
Alexei Ramirez has hit three home runs in 40 at-bats, one more than his career March/April total of two in 180 at-bats entering the season.
Prior to this season, Ramirez’s only other career April homers came on 4/25/09 vs. Toronto and 4/15/10 at Toronto.