It’s White vs. Red in Battle of Sox
Friday, August 30, 2013
White Sox vs. Red Sox at Fenway Park, Boston (6:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a three-game series and the beginning of a 10-game road trip that includes the Yankees (three) and Orioles (four). Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (4-7, 3.25) for the White Sox, RHP Ryan Dempster (6-9, 4.77) for the Red Sox. Our Sox won two of three games from Boston in a home series in May. We have also won 10 of our last 12 games, 16 of our last 23, captured five consecutive series (Tigers, Twins, Royals, Rangers, Astros) and six straight road games.
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Beckham, 2B; Ramirez, SS; Dunn, DH; Konerko, 1B; A. Garcia, RF; Keppinger, 3B; Viciedo, LF; Phegley, C.
It All Starts with Pitching
Having a breakout season in 2013, Micah Johnson, batting leadoff and playing second base, collected three hits last night in his first game with Birmingham after stints at Class A Kannapolis and Class A Advanced Winston-Salem. Read more about one of the Sox’s top prospects who leads all of the minor leagues in stolen bases.
Play(s) of the Day
It was a special night for the newly acquired Garcias–Avisail and Leury–on Wednesday night as the Sox defeated the Astros, 6-1. Avi went 3-4, highlighted by a three-run blast (his first homer with the Sox), and is now hitting .397 in his last 15 games and .352 in 19 games since coming to Chicago. Leury, spelling Alexei Ramirez at shortstop, walked twice, scored twice, stole a base and drove in a run with a sac fly…It was also a vintage Chris Sale as he went eight-plus innings, allowing just one run and four hits while striking out 12. He claimed his 10th victory of the year, collected his 20th quality start, tied the franchise record with at least 12 strikeouts in a game for the sixth time in his career (along with Juan Pizarro and Ed Walsh) and set a Sox record for accomplishing it for the fourth time in 2013. Avi and Leury in action:
Quote of the Day
Adam Dunn gives credit to hitting coach Jeff Manto for his recent success at the plate (courtesy of Manny Randhawa, mlb.com):
“I don’t think I’ve changed my approach very much. I just think I’m getting pitched a little bit differently than I have. I’m able to get to some balls that for most of my career I wasn’t able to get to and I think that’s credit to Jeff, getting me all year long in a good hitting position. I think it’s just having a really good routine and having a really good hitting coach that won’t let me get away from what we’re trying to do. Sometimes it’s frustrating and sometimes I’ll yell at him and he’s really quick to yell right back and say, ‘We’re doing it.’ So, it’s good.”
White Sox vs. Red Sox at Fenway Park (6:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP John Danks (4-10, 4.15) for the Sox, former teammate RHP Jake Peavy (10-5, 3.99) for Boston.
Did You Know…
…that Jeff Keppinger is hitting .378 with two homers, five RBI and 10 runs scored over his last 15 games?
Photo of the Day
This is how Chris must look to opposing hitters.