Happiness is a 7-5 Win in 16 Innings

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Today’s News

The Game

Final: White Sox 7, Mariners 5 in 16 innings–and the eight-game losing streak is history. It was the Sox’s longest game since the 19-inning marathon on July 9, 2006 vs. the Red Sox.

That’s What We Were Afraid Of

Jake’s MRI today revealed a non-displaced rib fracture on his left side. He will be shut down for 4-6 weeks.

Play(s) of the Day

* Alejandro De Aza drove in Gordon Beckham to give the Sox a 6-5 lead in the 16th. Rios, with four singles and two RBI on the day, drove in run No. 7.

* Rios drove in De Aza with the first run of the five-run 14th, which broke the 0-0 deadlock. Jeff Keppinger added a two-run single in the inning and Casper Wells and Hector Gimenez each drove in a run.

* Dylan Axelrod (5.1 IP), Hector Santiago (0.2), Matt Lindstrom (1.1), Matt Thornton (1.0), Jesse Crain (1.2), Nate Jones (2.0) Brian Omogrosso (1.0) and Addison Reed (0.1) combined for 13.1 scoreless innings before the Mariners crossed the plate. Reed, who blew the save by giving up five runs in the 14th which tied the score, rebounded nicely with a solid 15th and struck out the side in the 16th for the victory.

* The Sox turned six double plays today to halt rally after rally and keep them in the game: Keppinger-Beckham-Dunn; De Aza-Beckham-Dunn to double off a runner at first; Rios-Gimenez to gun down a potential run at the plate; and Ramirez-Beckham-Dunn (twice) and Beckham (who tagged the runner going from first to second)-Dunn.

* Beckham collected three singles and a double, all from the ninth inning on.

Quote(s) of the Day

White Sox Director of Amateur Scouting Doug Laumann talks about the June amateur draft, which begins tomorrow:

On narrowing down what player the Sox will select with the 17th pick in the first round

“We’ve narrowed it down to a group of five or six players. We’re real confident in 10 to 12 of the players being selected ahead of our pick, but not necessarily the certain order. In the pool of players we’re working with, we feel one of them will get to us. I’ve never gone through a draft where every single option on our board is taken away.”

On the chance of a player rated higher (8-10 range) slipping down to the Sox...

“It’s happened. It happened in 2010 with Chris Sale. And, for whatever reason, you just don’t know sometimes. Typically the reasons include signability or injuries, but it’s pretty uncommon for a guy to fall in the draft based on ability. But we are always prepared for that.”

On changes in the draft process with Rick Hahn taking over as GM

“I don’t think it’s changed a whole lot. Kenny has always asked us to shoot for the stars because that’s the way you win championships with those types of players. And I still think we are going to subscribe to that theory of drafting the most impactful guy. Maybe it will change a bit a couple rounds earlier than it has in the past, and those are the types of things we have asked Rick. Kenny always shared his input and still does, but it’s clear we are going to go the direction Rick wants us to go.”

On the overall talent in this year’s draft class

“I’m always cautious in trying to rate an entire class. Some of the high school players being signed for so much money a few years ago may have diluted the college level (junior class) some, but the talent level of high school kids is always pretty consistent.”

On taking the best player rather than filling a specific need

“I instruct our staff to scout everybody on equal terms, whether it be signability or ability. As we have done in the past, and it looks like we will continue to do, we want to take the best possible player that has the highest ceiling down the road.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. A’s at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 pm., CT, CSN) in the first of a four-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.86) for the Sox, RHP Dan Straily (3-2, 4.60) for Oakland. Quintana and Straily faced each other last Saturday in Oakland with the A’s winding up on top, 4-3.

Did You Know…

…that there are seven players on our active roster who were drafted by the Sox? They are Beckham, Jordan Danks, Jones, Omogrosso, Reed, Sale and Santiago.

Photo of the Day
De Aza’s single put the Sox over the top.

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