Sox Save Best for Last on 11-Game Trip…Angels in the House
Monday, June 30, 2014
White Sox vs. Angels at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a three-game series and six-game homestand after the Sox took the final three games of the four-game series in Toronto and the 11-game road trip. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (2-5, 5.07) for the Sox, RHP Garrett Richards (8-2, 2.76) for the Halos.
Noesi is making his 12th start since arriving in Chicago. He is 2-1 with a 3.44 ERA over his last six outings and has worked seven innings or more three times during that span. During his time with the Sox he has lowered his ERA from 14.21 to 5.07. He received a no-decision in his last start on June 25 in Baltimore despite allowing just two earned runs over 7.0 IP.
Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Beckham 2B, Gillaspie 3B, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Ramirez SS, Viciedo RF, De Aza LF, Flowers C.
Plays of the Day
Jose Quintana was on top of his game again yesterday, tossing seven shutout innings and allowing just three hits with seven strikeouts for his fifth win of the year in the Sox’ 4-0 whitewash of Mark Buehrle and the Blue Jays…Eric Surkamp (eighth inning) and Jake Petricka (ninth) finished off the club’s first shutout of 2014, each pitching a scoreless inning…Moises Sierra got revenge on his former Toronto mates with his second homer of the season (click on link below), a double and a fine catch in foul territory…Tyler Flowers singled in a pair of key insurance runs in the eighth…Jose Abreu singled in a run for his 64th RBI and extended his hitting streak to a career-high 14 games, which is also the longest current streak in the big leagues.
Sox Duo Holding Steady
Abreu and Alexei Ramirez remain in second place at their respective positions in the updated American League All-Star voting. Jose trails only the Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera at first base and Alexei is behind perennial All-Star starter Derek Jeter of the Yankees at shortstop.
The voting closes at 11:59 p.m., ET, on Thursday. Both AL and National League rosters will be revealed at 7:00 p.m., ET, Sunday evening on ESPN during a special selection show.
Still time to vote.
Sox Notes of Note
Abreu’s solid showing in the All-Star voting should come as no surprise even though the rookie has just come onto the scene. He leads the majors in slugging percentage (.625), home run ratio (10,88) and RBI ratio (4.25) and ranks among the leaders in home runs (T1st, 25), RBI (T3rd, 64), extra-base hits (T3rd, 43) and OPS (7th, .953)…Adam Eaton has reached base safely in 22 of his last 23 games and is batting .375 with a .462 on-base percentage over his last 15 games to raise his season average from .251 to .279…Sox starting pitchers have made six quality starts in the last seven games, posting a 2.80 ERA…Fifty-two of the White Sox’ 83 games this year have been decided by three runs or less, including 10 of their last 12.
Quote of the Day
On facing Buehrle, his friend and long-time Sox teammate:
“It’s weird facing him. It’s weird just seeing him in a different uniform. It never looks right to me, but it’s part of the game. There are a lot of guys you wish wouldn’t move teams, but it happens. You go out there and try and do your job. It’s not necessarily something you look forward to or enjoy, but it’s a job and you have to go do it.”
On his decision to come back this season in a part-time role:
“From a team standpoint, it’s been great. Judging from where we were last year, we’re actually playing good baseball and competing. Personally, it’s probably been everything I thought it would be. Different, but no regrets on doing it.”
White Sox vs. Angels at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m, CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (2-4, 4.76) for the Sox, Jered Weaver (8-6, 3.33) for LA.
Photo of the Day
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