Tuesday, August 16, 2011
The White Sox are attempting to move above .500 for the first time since 4/15 … AJ Pierzynski (fractured left wrist) has been placed on the disabled list for the first time in his career and C Donny Lucy’s contract was purchased from Class AAA Charlotte … Juan Pierre is hitting .347 since 6/28, Paul Konerko owns an 11-game hitting streak (.375) and Carlos Quentin is 12-26 (.462) with three home runs and 12 RBI in seven games against Cleveland.
Congratulations to Jim Thome, who last night became the eighth player in major-league history to hit 600 home runs. Thome hit 134 of his 600 with the White Sox and his 42 homers in 2006 remain a club record for left-handers.
To a man, White Sox players had hoped to be present when Thome reached his 600th, having homer in a game the Sox would win.
“I would just want to shake his hand,” said Pierzynski.
Thome did always as well for his former teammates as his two home runs helped the Twins beat the division-leading Tigers and cut Detroit’s edge over the White Sox to 3 1/2 games.
Paul Konerko went 3-3 with a walk and a HBP Sunday, which according to the Elias Sports Bureau is the 11th game in his career that he has reached base safely in each of his five (or more) plate appearances. That ties Luke Appling for the second-most in franchise history, a long way behind club leader Frank Thomas (24 times).
Since May 7, the White Sox own the best record in the AL Central at 49-38 (.563).
Tonight’s starter, Gavin Floyd, is 6-3 lifetime against Cleveland and is 2-0 with a 0.61 ERA in 2011. Among the notables, Travis Hafner is 1-14 lifetime and Kosuke Fukudome is 1-9.
Earlier today, Matt Thornton, Chris Sale and AJ took part in a Pros vs. G.I. Joes video game competition at U.S. Cellular Field. The Sox players, along with 25 local servicemen and women from different branches of the military, competed on-line vs. active service members from across the globe, including Kandahar, Afghanistan.
“I played for a while,” Chris Sale said, “but then I just enjoyed talking to the guys and having a chance to thank them for their service.”
It was pretty cool to see AJ playing Call of Duty against soldiers stationed in Afghanistan. We’ll have video and photos of the event soon …