24 Innings, One Win, One Loss and the Chance for a Series Victory This Afternoon
Sunday, July 14, 2013
This Afternoon’s Game
White Sox vs. Phillies at Citizens Bank Park (12:35 p.m., CT, WGN) in the rubber match of the series and the last game before the All-Star break. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (4-2, 3.67) for the Sox, LHP Cole Hamels (4-11, 4.17) for the Phils.
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Dunn, 1B; Viciedo, LF; Keppinger, 2B; Phegley, C; Morel, 3B; Quintana, P.
Play(s) of the Day
From yesterday’s doubleheader:
Game 1 (White Sox 5, Phillies 4, 11 innings) – Alexei Ramirez collected four hits on the afternoon and drove in Alejandro De Aza, who had legged out a two-out triple, in the top of the 11th inning to put the Sox ahead 4-3. Ramirez later scored on an error for a much-needed insurance run and the Sox went on to win, 5-4 in 11. Those offensive heroics would never have happened if Nate Jones didn’t stifle a Phillies’ rally in the ninth with the potential winning run on third and no outs and eventual winning pitcher Ramon Troncoso didn’t halt a 10th-inning uprising by stranding the winning run on third with one out. Addison Reed gave up a run in the bottom of the 11th, but recorded his 24th save. John Danks pitched a solid 6.1 innings as he allowed just three runs on eight hits while striking out four. Also on the plus side: Adam Dunn was on base five times with two singles and three walks and scored a run.
Game 2 (Phillies 2, White Sox 1, 13 innings) – For 12.2 innings, the exceptional Sox pitching kept us in the game. Starter Hector Santiago, who went 7.1 innings, gave up just one run and three hits with nine strikeouts. Matt Lindstrom (0.2), Donnie Veal (1.0), Troncoso (1.1) and David Purcey (0.2) followed and held the Phillies scoreless. So did Simon Castro for 1.2 innings until old nemesis Michael Young singled in the game-winner off of him in the bottom of the 13th to send the Sox to the 2-1 defeat.
Sox Notes of Note
Gordon Beckham, who drove in the Sox’s only run in Game 2 with a sac fly, left the game with a left quad contusion as a result of a collision with teammate Casper Wells on a foul pop in the bottom of the 12th inning (it doesn’t appear to be serious, but he’s out of the starting lineup today). He was replaced by Josh Phegley, the only position player left on the bench. It was the first time Josh has played the infield in his pro career. In fact, the first time he’s played second base since his sophomore year in high school…Quirk of the Day: Each of the two games last night lasted 3:53…Jake Peavy is scheduled for a rehab start today for Class AA Birmingham at Huntsville.
Quote of the Day
Here’s Robin talking about continuing successful comeback of John Danks after his performance in the first game of the doubleheader:
“We don’t look at him like he’s still got training wheels or you’re still careful of how he’s pitching. He was just as strong towards the end that he was in the beginning as far as velocity and location. We don’t put any parameters on as far as pitch count or not feeling confident in him late in the game. ..Even coming out of spring training, and he knew that too, it wasn’t quite there, and now it is. It’s nice that he’s just part of the rotation and you don’t think about it.”
The All-Star break is Monday through Thursday with the 84th MLB All-Star Game at Citi Field in New York set for Tuesday. Chris Sale, Jesse Crain and Ventura will represent the Sox. Ventura was selected as a coach by A.L. manager Jim Leyland.
On Friday, the Sox will host the Braves at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series.
Did You Know…
…that today is the birthday of both Robin, who is 46, and Steve Stone, who is celebrating No. 66? Both, were All-Star performers–Robin in 1992 and 2002 and Steve in 1980, his Cy Young season with the Orioles, when he pitched three perfect innings as the starting pitcher for the A.L. Happy Birthday, Robin and Steve!
Photo of the Day
The birthday boys: