Sunday, July 21, 2013
Final — White Sox 3, Braves 1 as the Sox win the final two games of the three-game set against the National League East leaders.
It was great to see former White Sox closer Shingo Takatsu at the game yesterday. He stopped in Chicago on his way home to Japan from Tuesday’s All-Star Game in NYC. We talked about how few guys from 2005 were still around, and he shared hellos and hugs with Herm Schneider, Don Cooper and others. His ceremonial first pitch sailed a bit outside, but he seemed to truly enjoy being back at U.S. Cellular Field.
On my way downstairs in the eighth inning, the elevator doors opened and there was Shingo, still wearing his No. 10 jersey.
“Now that’s not something you see every day,” someone laughed.
Braves assistant hitting coach and former White Sox infielder Scott Fletcher took some smack on Saturday. On his way back to the Braves dugout from the batting cages, he stopped in the Sox dugout to talk to a friend.
“Hey, Scott!” someone from the group of Braves players stretching called out to Fletcher. And then he pointed to the logo on his chest, laughing.
The ever-popular Art “Cave” Kusnyer, former Sox player and bullpen coach, threw out today’s ceremonial first pitch.
Play(s) of the Day
There were two spectacular defensive plays by the Sox in today’s win that saved runs–one by second baseman Jeff Keppinger with the bases loaded and two outs in the third and another by leftfielder Casper Wells who prevented a game-tying homer in the eighth…Alex Rios followed Saturday’s explosion (3-5, a grand slam and five RBI) with a pair of hits, a run scored and an RBI…Jose Quintana improved his record to 5-2 in 5.2 innings of work. Ramon Troncoso (0.2), Donnie Veal (0.2), Nate Jones (1.0) and Addison Reed (1.0) came on in relief to close it out without giving up a hit. Reed recorded his 25th save.
Quote of the Day
White Sox groundskeeper and British Open viewer Roger Bossard (pictured below):
“If my grass looked like that, I’d get fired.”
White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a four-game series and a battle of All-Star pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (6-8, 2.85) for the Sox, RHP Max Scherzer (13-1, 3.19) for Detroit.
Following today’s game, the Sox optioned Brent Morel to Class AAA Charlotte.
Did You Know…
…that according to the Elias Sport Bureau, Rios and Raul Ibanez are the only players in baseball to hit a grand slam in 2011, 2012 and 2013?
Photo/Video of the Day
Keppinger and Wells save the day.