Sox Shoot For a Minny Revival

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis (7:10, CT, WCIU) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: RHP Dylan Axelrod (3-4, 4.26) for the Sox, RHP Mike Pelfrey (3-6, 6.12) for Minnesota.

Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Dunn,1B; Konerko, DH; Gillaspie, 3B; Viciedo, LF; Beckham 2B; Flowers, C.

A Great Way to Start the Day

So I had to chuckle about how my day started.

To help Jerry Reinsdorf out with a response, I needed to find Kirk Gibson’s game-winning home run from Game 1 of the 1988 World Series between the Dodgers and the A’s.  I think for most people around my age, this was one of the moments of growing up as a baseball fan.

So I went onto YouTube, typed in “Kirk Gibson 1988 World Series,” and what pops up but the entire NBC broadcast of the game, with Vin Scully and Joe Garagiola superimposed over a Dodger Stadium sunset as the telecast opened. 

I fast forwarded to the end, to Gibson’s game winner.  The footage was hilarious … there was Tim Belcher, a skinny Mark McGwire, Dennis Eckersley.  In the Dodgers dugout were Bill Russell, Mike Scioscia, Orel Hershiser, Steve Sax.

Man, it brought back memories of watching these games with my dad (a Dodger fan).

And there is no better way to start a random day than to hear Scully’s call of Gibson’s at-bat and blast.

Classic baseball from the 1980s.

Mike Sirotka in the House

Former White Sox pitcher Mike Sirotka, who won 45 games for the Sox from 1995-2000, stopped by the clubhouse before last night’s 4-2 win over the Astros.

Sirotka, a Houston native who has moved back to his hometown after living in Arizona for 10 years, had hip replacement surgery about three weeks ago, but aside from that looks like he could still pitch. 

Mike talked to Paulie for a bit and stopped in to say hello to Robin and Coop.  A member of the LSU team that won the 1993 College World Series, he and Robin swapped stories about Skip Bertman, the legendary Tiger coach who won five CWS championships.

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Play of the Day

Dayan Viciedo’s two-out, three-run triple in the sixth inning last night that gave the Sox the two-run lead that they never relinquished. It was Dayan’s second triple in as many games.

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Did You Know…

…that Jesse Crain hasn’t given up a run since April 12? For the record: His 27 games and 27 scoreless innings are career highs. His 27-game scoreless streak matches J.J. Putz (2010) for the franchise record. It is the second-longest streak in MLB this season (Rex Brothers of Colorado has gone 29 straight games). The 27-inning streak is tied with Putz for the 12th longest in team history (record is 45 by Doc White in 1904). The 27 scoreless IP streak is the second longest this season to Chris Sale (28 IP) and the longest active.

Quote(s) of the Day

RV after last night’s victory:

On Crain:

“Jesse, he’s been great…Any situation, any big moment for us he’s been there…It’s amazing what he’s been doing–he’s just been locked in, healthy and everything else.”

On Viciedo:

“It was good for Viciedo to get a hit. You hope it kind of gets him going a little bit. We’ve been missing that. To finally get it (the big hit) with him doing it, it’s good to see.”

On Nate Jones and the outstanding effort by the bullpen:

With Jonesy going out there, he’s been great for us, he’s cleaned up what (was going wrong) for him. He comes out tonight and does a great job and then you get Matty (Thornton), Jesse and Reeder (Addison Reed, who collected his 20th save) in there.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field (7:10, CT, WCIU). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (5-5, 2.43) for the Sox, RHP Kevin Correia (5-4, 3.97) for the Twins.

Photo of the Day

Jesse looks to extend his streaks this week against his former Twins teammates.

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