Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Game Highlights: Pitching and Power
Jake Peavy gave up only one earned run and four hits in six innings along with six strikeouts in chalking up his first win of the season…Jesse Crain, Donnie Veal, Matt Lindstrom, Matt Thornton and Addison Reed, who recorded his second save, combined for three scoreless innings…Adam Dunn, Tyler Flowers and Alexei Ramirez hit solo homers while Dayan Viciedo smashed a two-run shot as the Sox won, 5-2, to remain unbeaten.
Sox to Host Civil Rights Game
Major League Baseball and the White Sox announced yesterday at a U.S. Cellular Field press conference that the Sox will be the host of the seventh annual Civil Rights Game, Saturday, August 24 against the Texas Rangers. The Sox previously participated in the event when it was held in Memphis and Cincinnati.
“This game isn’t just the game,” Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said at the press gathering. “The majority of people in this country were probably not alive when (Dr.) King was killed, and certainly weren’t alive when Jackie Robinson came into the game. Just like the majority of people weren’t alive for the Holocaust. We just can’t have people forgetting what went on if we’re going to be a country where we truly have opportunity for everybody.”
Here are Reinsdorf, MLB exec and Hall of Famer Frank Robinson (left) and Sox EVP Kenny Williams at the presser.
One Who Knows
While there was a collective gasp among sports fans and non-sports fans alike in the wake of the leg injury to Kevin Ware of Louisville on Sunday, only a few can fully understand. Robin Ventura is one of them, having suffered a devastating injury himself. Please see the links below:
My Memory of Robin’s Injury
Watching Ware’s injury on Sunday, my mind couldn’t help but flash back to that sad night in 1997 during spring training in Sarasota when Robin suffered his horrible injury.
With two out in the inning, Robin rounded third base and tried to score. He slid into home and was out at the plate. In the press box at Ed Smith Stadium, I vividly remember being focused on Robin even as the teams began to run off the field. I even recall saying, “Look at his leg.”
Unfortunately my fears were realized. Robin endured a compound fracture and, with the injury, most of our hopes for the ’97 season ended.
My other memory of that night was of Robin’s wife Stephanie. I remember that she had gone out to dinner early that evening and came to the ballpark just moments before the incident.
Sunday made me remember that night as if it were yesterday.
Crain took in Monday night’s Blackhawks game at the United Center and taught Chicago fans a lesson: don’t challenge a baseball player born in Canada!
The BHawks had Crain shoot the puck between periods and the Sox reliever promptly sent his first puck right down the middle, just missing one of the openings. His third shot was a winner.
I gave him props during BP today.
“Don’t mess with a Canadian on the ice,” I joked, “but I expected a bigger celebration.”
“Act like you’ve been there before,” he smiled.
Here’s Crain in action on the ice:
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Quote of the Day
Royals’ manager Ned Yost on the White Sox pitching staff and Peavy in particular after being on the losing end of two well-pitched games: “They’re good for a reason…Like Sale was (on Monday), I thought Jake threw the ball very well and was on top of his game.”
Play of the Day
With the Sox leading 4-2 in the seventh inning, Lindstrom made his first appearance in a Sox uniform and dramatically ended a Royals’ rally by retiring Alcides Escobar with the bases loaded and two outs.
White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Probable starters are Gavin Floyd for the Sox and Jeremy Guthrie for the Royals.
Did You Know…
…that Dunn’s first homer of the season in the second inning of today’s game was his 407th and ties him with Hall of Famer Duke Snider for 48th place on the all-time home run list? And that Paul Konerko’s sixth inning double tied Frank Thomas for third place on the Sox’s hit list with 2,136?
Photo of the Day
Today it’s a video of Tyler Flowers’ second home run in as many games, which gave the Sox a lead they never relinquished.