Rienzo Looks to be “Andre the Giant” in Matchup With Tanaka
Sunday, May 25, 2014
This Afternoon’s Game
White Sox vs. Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10, CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Having won the first two games and lost yesterday’s extra-inning affair, the Sox need a win to take the series from the Bronx Bombers and also are looking to clinch their third straight home series win. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (4-0, 4.00) for the Sox, RHP Masahiro Tanaka (6-1, 2.39) for New York.
Rienzo earned the win in his last start at Kansas City, giving up just two runs on five hits over six innings pitched. He walked a pair and struck out a career-high eight. The White Sox are 6-0 in 2014 in Rienzo’s starts. The Sox streak of six team wins behind Andre is tied for the longest such streak in baseball this season.
Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Beckham 2B, Gillaspie 3B, Viciedo RF, Dunn 1B, Ramirez SS, Konerko DH, De Aza LF, Flowers C.
Plays of the Day
John Danks was masterful in yesterday’s heartbreaking defeat. In eight innings of work, he didn’t allow a run, gave up only three hits, didn’t walk a batter and struck out four…Dayan Viciedo, Adam Dunn and Alexei Ramirez drove in the Sox runs and Adam Eaton and Gordon Beckham collected three hits apiece. With his performance yesterday and three hits Friday night, Adam raised his BA to .292. Gordon is right behind him at .291.
More Eaton and Beckham
Eaton is 8-14 (.571) in the Yankee series and 11-32 (.344) in the six games since returning from the disabled list. Beckham is hitting .417 over his six-game hitting streak and is batting .390 in his last 10 games and .350 in his last 19. He’s hitting .482 against left-handed pitchers.
White Sox starters own a 2.18 ERA with 29 strikeouts and a .177 average in the last six games.
Sox Note of Note
RHP Frank Francisco has declined an outright assignment to Class AAA Charlotte and declared for free agency…C Hector Gimenez, who was playing in Charlotte, has been traded to the Blue Jays.
Quote of the Day
Robin Ventura talks about Tyler Flowers‘ improvement this season. The Sox catcher is batting .312 with an on-base percentage of .371.
“Flow has been a big part of us being where we’re at. He’s taking the ball the other way, he’s balanced, strikeouts are down. He’s hit a couple of big homers for us. He’s had a nice little stretch here while playing a very demanding position. He’s in a nice spot.”
White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in a Memorial Day matinee. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (2-4, 3.67) for the Sox, RHP Josh Tomlin (3-2, 2.91) for the Tribe.
Photo of the Day
Eaton and Beckham: Energy and production at the top of the Sox lineup: