The 2014 White Sox: It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Plays of the Day
We learned once again yesterday that this year’s White Sox simply never give up.
Offensively, it was all about the number 1, 2 and 3 hitters in the batting order as the Sox staged a dramatic comeback to defeat the A’s, 4-2, in the series finale. Leadoff hitter Gordon Beckham homered on the first pitch of the game and added two singles. Batting in the No. 2 slot, Conor Gillaspie doubled and singled twice. And both Beckham and Gillaspie were on base in the eighth inning when Jose Abreu launched the three-run bomb, his major-league best 15th homer of the season, that gave the Sox a lead they never relinquished. In all, the threesome accounted for all of the Sox RBI and seven of their nine hits.
Pitching-wise, Andre Rienzo was outstanding, allowing only a pair of solo homers and two walks along with four strikeouts in 6.1 innings pitched. Scott Downs (0.1 IP), Ron Belisario (1.1) and Matt Lindstrom (1.0) closed it out with scoreless baseball. Belisario got credit for his second win of the season, Lindstrom chalked up his sixth save.
Enjoy the Beckham and Abreu homers:
Sox Notes of Note
Abreu is the first Sox player and fourth in MLB history to hit 15-plus homers in their first 42 career games (also Wally Berger, Kevin Maas and Wally Joyner)…Beckham became the first White Sox player to homer on the first pitch since Ray Durham did it twice in 2000.
Sale, Eaton in Rehab Starts; Micah Gets First Triple-A Hit
Chris Sale is set to go for Class AAA Charlotte tonight in a rehab start at Durham. He will be joined by Adam Eaton, who hopes to be back with the Sox on Sunday if his rehab appearances the next couple of days go well.
And click the link below to watch highly regarded prospect Micah Johnson double for his first hit with Charlotte since being promoted from Class AA Birmingham. He also singled and drove in a run in last night’s game vs. the Durham Bulls.
Quote of the Day
GM Rick Hahn on designating infielder Jeff Keppinger for assignment:
“We had a brief conversation this morning, he understood the rationale for it and we wished each other well. Basically this comes down to wanting to use the plate appearances at the big league level for some of the younger players that we have here right now. Conor certainly has stepped up and seized the primary role of third base. Obviously we want Gordon to play, as well as Marcus and Leury Garcia and we have some young players in Charlotte who are knocking on the door and may contribute at some point this year. The decision was made that now is the time to move on and focus more on some of the younger pieces that are going to be here for a while.”
Off day today. Tomorrow, it will be the White Sox vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park, Houston (7:10, CT, CSN) in the first of a three-game weekend series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (1-3, 3.67) for the Sox, RHP Collin McHugh (2-1, 2.81) for the Astros.
Photo of the Day
@ESPNStatsInfo: Jose Abreu is tied for the MLB lead with 5 HR of 430+ feet this season, including his HR (yesterday)