Alexei, Sox Roll into Texas
Friday, April 18, 2014
White Sox vs. Rangers at Globe Life Park, Arlington, Tex. (7:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and seven-game road trip that concludes with four in Detroit. RHP Felipe Paulino (0-1, 7.98) for the Sox, LHP Martin Perez (2-0, 2.70) for Texas.
Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Semien 3B, Abreu 1B, Viciedo RF, Konerko DH, Ramirez SS, De Aza LF, Flowers C, L. Garcia 2B.
The Sox rank among the American League leaders in average (2nd, .267), OPS (2nd, .338), home runs (2nd, 20), runs per game (3rd, 5.44) and slugging percentage (3rd, .423).
Hotter Than Hot
Alexei Ramirez‘s hitting streak from the start of the season reached 16 last night and it is now the longest in Sox history (he’s pictured above with the record-breaking ball). He surpassed Hall of Famer Frank Thomas, who had a 15-game streak at the start of the 1996 season. Alexei leads the American League in average (.381) and hits (24) and ranks among the leaders in multi-hit games (T1st, 8), OPS (2nd, 1.061), slugging percentage (3rd, .635), RBI (T3rd, 14), on-base percentage (5th, .426), stolen bases (T8th, 3) and doubles (T10th, 4).
Here’s Alexei’s record-breaking base hit:
Sale in the K Zone
Chris Sale was outstanding last night, allowing just one hit–a homer–and had a season-high 10 strikeouts in seven innings while throwing a career-high 127 pitches in the 3-1 loss to Boston. It gives Chris 11 double-digit career strikeout efforts and ties him with Billy Pierce for fifth most in franchise history. Sale has held left-handed batters hitless this season (0-20) and has limited left-handers to a .173 average in two-plus seasons as a starting pitcher. He has struck out 446 batters through his first 63 starts, which is the most in club history and third-most among active players behind only Yu Darvish (513) and Tim Lincecum (461).
Other Sox Notes of Note
Tyler Flowers, with two hits last night, has hit safely in nine of his 13 games and has four multi-hit efforts. He’s hitting .395 overall and .667 against left-handed pitchers so far this season…Adam Eaton drove in the only Sox run last night with an infield hit and robbed David Ortiz of a home run with a spectacular catch. Here it is:
Quote of the Day
Eaton commenting after last night’s game:
“We’ll continue in Texas and we’ll continue to do the same thing we do. That’s compete on every pitch and put our best foot forward.”
White Sox vs. Rangers at Globe Life Park, Arlington, Tex. (7:05 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (1-0, 2.37) for the Sox, RHP Colby Lewis (0-1, 5.06) for Texas.
Photo of the Day