Sox Set Sights on Three Straight vs. Tribe
Saturday, April 12, 2014
This Afternoon’s Game
White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: RHP Felipe Paulino (0-1, 6.52) for the Sox, RHP Justin Masterson (0-0, 4.22) for Cleveland.
Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, L.Garcia 2B, Gillaspie 3B, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Ramirez SS, De Aza LF, Nieto C, Jordan Danks RF.
Plays of the Day
Conor Gillaspie singled and doubled and drove in four runs in the Sox’ 9-6 victory last night vs. the Tribe…The Adams–Eaton and Dunn–each singled and doubled, walked twice and drove in a run. The former scored three times, the latter twice…Red-hot Alexei Ramirez singled twice, scored once and drove in a run…Marcus Semien was 1-3 with two walks and two runs scored and Alejandro De Aza and Dayan Viciedo each was credited with an RBI…Chris Sale is now 3-0 with a 2.66 ERA on the season…Maikel Cleto pitched a scoreless eighth inning.
Here, Gillaspie drives in a pair with a sixth-inning double:
Sox Notes of Note
The White Sox lead the majors with 70 runs scored. By comparison, the Tigers and Royals, two of the Sox’ AL Central rivals, have 33 and 28, respectively…We are 4-1 at home, hitting .309 with nine home runs and 37 runs scored…Ramirez extended his 11-game hitting streak to begin the season and is hitting .429. The last Sox player to open the season with a hitting streak of 11 or more was Hall of Famer Frank Thomas in 2000 (11). Alexei ranks among the American League leaders in average (2nd), OPS (2nd, 1.133), slugging percentage (3rd, .667), RBI (T3rd, 10), doubles (T4th, 4) and on-base percentage (5th, .467)…Eaton, batting .333, has four straight multi-hit games and has scored a run in each one. He has hit safely in eight of the 11 games he’s played with six multi-hit efforts…Gillaspie’s four RBI was a career high and he has hit safely in a career-high nine games. He’s hitting .343 for the season…Jake Petricka recorded a career high with three strikeouts. He has thrown at least 2.0 IP in his first four appearances since being called up from Charlotte…Donnie Veal has made four straight scoreless appearances (3.1 IP).
Once a Slugger, Always a Slugger
During yesterday’s trip to Charlotte where Jim Thome threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the opening of the Class AAA Knights’ new ballpark, he couldn’t resist when he saw that the right-field line is 315 feet:
“Let’s have someone throw to me and let me hit,” he said.
Here’s Jim talking to the media before the game:
Quote of the Day
Robin, on the state of the Sox offense, after last night’s triumph:
“Right now this lineup is definitely believing that they can come back or jump ahead, add on, come from behind and catch ‘em and go ahead. Right now that’s really the feeling that is there.”
White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (1-0, 2.77) for the Sox, Corey Kluber (1-1, 7.71) for Cleveland.
Photo of the Day
Big night for Mr. Gillaspie.