Sox Counting on Sale in Series Finale vs. the Tribe

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (11-12, 2.90) for the Sox, RHP Zach McAllister (7-9, 4.11) for Cleveland.

Chris has won five of his last six decisions, winning his last start on September 9 vs. the Tigers allowing just one run on four hits over 8.0 IP along with eight strikeouts. He ranks among the American League leaders in complete games (1st, 4), quality starts (T2nd, 22), strikeouts (3rd, 207), opponents average (3rd, .223) and ERA (5th).

Sox Starting Lineup: L. Garcia CF, Beckham 2B, Ramirez SS, Dunn 1B, Keppinger DH, Viciedo LF, J Danks RF, Phegley C, Semien 3B

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Barons vs. BayBears Tonight: Winner Take All

The Birmingham Barons, the Sox Class AA affiliate, and the Mobile BayBears will clash tonight in Game 5 of the best-of-five Southern League Championship Series at Regions Field in Birmingham. The BayBears, an Arizona Diamondbacks affiliate, defeated the host Barons last night, 3-1, to tie the series at two games apiece and force a fifth game. 2B Micah Johnson, the minor league stolen base leader, collected three hits, a pair of stolen bases and scored a run in the loss. Here’s a look at Micah’s night:

http://www.milb.com/multimedia/vpp.jsp?content_id=30624935&sid=t247

Play(s) of the Day

The Sox executed two outstanding defensive plays in last night’s 8-1 loss to the Indians. RF Avi Garcia robbed Jason Giambi of an extra-base hit with a leaping catch in the second inning and CF Alejandro De Aza denied Jason Kipnis of a homer in the fourth with a catch at the centerfield wall (see Photo/Video of the Day)..Josh Phegley had a three-hit night with a pair of singles and a double and drove in the lone Sox run with a ninth inning sac fly…Conor Gillaspie had a mult-hit night with two singles.

Quote of the Day

As we devote another Sunday to honoring the 1983 “Winning Ugly” White Sox, here is the latest in a series of excerpts from Bob Vorwald’s book, What It Means to be a White Sox. Sox icon Harold Baines talks about that team and driving in the winning run that clinched the A.L. West pennant.

“In 1983 I was still young, and it was just my fourth year in the league. We had a good mixture of young and old guys–well, old in baseball terms, but not in age. We had great chemistry, especially in the second half where we played so well right up until we got to the playoffs.

“On the clincher, I was up and hit a sac fly at the end. I was just hoping the fly ball got out there far enough for Julio (Cruz) to score. I’ll never forget it. It was my first time winning something…it was a great moment.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three game series. Starters: RHP Erik Johnson (0-2, 4.66) for the Sox, LHP Liam Hendriks (1-2, 5.25) for Minnesota.

Did You Know…

…that Phegley’s three hits matched his career high (he did it on July 20 vs. the Braves) and he’s batting .294 since August 31?

Photo/Video of the Day

The Avi Garcia and De Aza web gems:

http://wapc.mlb.com/cws/play/?content_id=30610211&topic_id=51231442&c_id=cws

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?c_id=cws&gid=2013_09_14_clemlb_chamlb_1&lang=en&content_id=30613245&mode=video

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