Sox Looking for the Mini-Sweep
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
White Sox vs. Mets at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the two-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (1-4, 5.40) for the Sox, RHP Shaun Marcum (0-9, 5.76) for the Mets.
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Dunn, 1B; Viciedo, LF; Keppinger, DH; Morel, 3B (See note below); Beckham, 2B; Flowers, C.
As I mentioned earlier this month, the Sox and Bulls have launched a series of public service announcement videos focusing on an anti-violence message and the teams’ partnership with Youth Guidance, a leading provider of school-based programs in Chicago Public and charter schools.
Today, White Sox Executive Vice President Ken Williams and Bulls GM Gar Forman sent this letter to fans of both teams as the city’s public schools are being let out for the Summer this week.
Quote of the Day
Strange things happen in the game of baseball. Case in point, last night, when Gordon Beckham inexplicably collided with Conor Gillaspie on a seemingly routine pop-up in front of the pitcher’s mound with two outs in the top of the ninth inning and the Sox ahead, 4-3. The ball, however, fell to the ground and instead of clinching the win, the Mets scored the tying run. As unfortunate as these plays are–and they are invariably going to happen to every team over the course of the season–what you like to see in these situations is that the player responsible doesn’t hide, faces the media after the game and is accountable for the miscue. Predictably, Gordon rose to the occasion.
“I ran in there and screwed it up, that’s what happened,” Beckham explained. “Stupid play for me. You know, my heart was in the right spot trying to make the play, but my mind obviously wasn’t…I’m glad we won and it didn’t cost us the game…it’s unacceptable to do that and blow the save for Reed and don’t get Sale a win.”
Play of the Day
Alexei Ramirez’s two-out, walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth in last night’s 5-4 win. http://atmlb.com/19rBOhl
And though he didn’t get credit for the victory, you can’t overlook Chris Sale’s terrific performance–8 IP, 3 runs, only four hits, a pair of walks and a whopping 13 strikeouts. It is also interesting to note that Chris is the first pitcher to have two starts of 8+ IP and 13+ strikeouts and not receive a win in either start since Randy Johnson in 2004.
Did You Know…
…that Ramirez is one of only two players (Manny Machado of the Orioles) in the majors who has played every inning this season? Furthermore, Alexei leads all MLB shortstops in games (691) and innings played (6,103.2) since the start of the 2009 season.
Sox Notes of Note
* Before tonight’s game with the Mets, Conor Gillaspie was placed on the Paternity Leave List as he is expecting the birth of his first child. Replacing Gillaspie on the active roster is third baseman Brent Morel, who has been recalled from Class AAA Charlotte.
Morel, who played parts of three seasons with the Sox in 2010-12, is batting .280 with 19 doubles, five homers, 40 RBI and a .373 on-base percentage with the Knights.
Gillaspie can be reinstated after one day, but can only be on for as many as three.
* RHP Andre Rienzo and C Josh Phegley, both playing at Charlotte, have been named to the 2013 Futures Game, which takes place the Sunday before the July 16 Major League All-Star Game at Citi Field in New York. Phegley will play for the U.S. team, Rienzo, a native of Brazil, will represent the World team. Top outfield prospect Courtney Hawkins, at Class A Winston-Salem, is one of five still in the running for a spot on the U.S. squad. Fans can vote for him on whitesox.com until June 30 at 10:59 p.m., CT.
Off-day. On Friday, it’s the White Sox vs. Indians in a doubleheader at U.S. Cellular Field (1st game, 4:10, CT, 2nd game will follow, both on CSN). The twinbill is a result of the April 23 postponement. Starters for both the Sox and Cleveland are TBA.
Photo of the Day
Alexei is mobbed by his teammates after his game-winning hit.