A Good Friday
Saturday, May 17, 2014
With the Sox victory in Houston and successful rehab stints from Chris Sale and Adam Eaton for Charlotte, it was a very good Friday.
This Afternoon’s Game
White Sox vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park, Houston (3:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (0-2, 4.50) for the Sox, RHP Jarrod Cosart (2-3, 4.30) for Houston.
Sox Starting Lineup: Beckham 2B, Gillaspie 3B, Abreu DH, Dunn 1B, Viciedo LF, Ramirez SS, De Aza CF, Flowers C, Sierra RF.
Plays of the Day
Adam Dunn‘s monster three-run, sixth-inning home run–his sixth of the year and 446th of his career (38th on the all-time list)–gave the Sox a 3-2 lead and propelled us to our second straight win on the road, 7-2, over the Astros…Conor Gillaspie singled and doubled in two runs and Gordon Beckham and Tyler Flowers each had an RBI…Dunn added a ninth-inning double to his homer…Jose Quintana earned his second win of the year, allowing just two runs, seven hits and a pair of walks along with five strikeouts in five innings of work.
The Dunn bomb:
Sale was in vintage form last night for the Charlotte Knights in his first rehab start for the Sox’ Class AAA affiliate. In the first game of a road doubleheader vs. the Durham Bulls, Sale pitched four scoreless innings with 11 strikeouts. He threw 68 pitches, 43 for strikes, gave up just one hit and walked two.
Eaton, playing center field, went 2-4 in Game 1 of the Charlotte vs. Durham twin bill and knocked in the go-ahead run in the seventh (and final) inning for the 2-1 Knights victory in his initial rehab appearance. He also stole a base. In Game 2, he batted twice without a hit as the DH in the Knights’ loss.
LaRussa to Diamondbacks
Former Sox skipper Tony LaRussa, a 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame electee, has been hired to run the baseball operations of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Congratulations Tony!
Happy Birthday, Carlos May
Former White Sox All-Star Carlos May celebrates No. 66 today. You might remember that Carlos is the only professional athlete known to wear his birthday–May 17–on the back of his uniform.
Everything Old is New Again
Julio Franco played in parts of 23 big-league seasons through age 49, including the 1994 campaign with the White Sox. Word is now out that the 55-year-old Franco will join the Fort Worth Cats in the independent United League as a player-coach for at least the first homestand of the season, which begins May 20.
Quotes of the Day
Sale, on what’s next after last night’s outstanding performance:
“…The next few days, in between starts, (it’ll) be how my arm and my body react to getting back out there and going full bore every pitch. Obviously we’ll be communicating with (the Sox brass). Whatever they have for me, I’m game for.”
Eaton on his own rehab after last night’s twin bill:
“It was 100 percent. To go out there and run 100 percent and have confidence, that’s all it is really, is gaining the confidence back in the hamstring. It felt good overall so it was a good day at the ballpark.”
White Sox vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park (1:10, CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (3-3, 4.88) for the Sox, RHP Brad Peacock (0-4, 5.17) for Houston.
Photo of the Day
Jose Abreu, who was hit by a pitch on an 0-2 count just before Dunn launched his homer, congratulates his teammate. Dunn, a resident of Houston, certainly made his homecoming an eventful one.