Fireworks Before the Fireworks

Saturday, July 5, 2014

7.5 Sale


Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Mariners at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHPJose Quintana (5-7, 3.44) for the Sox, RHP Felix Hernandez (10-2, 2.10) for Seattle.

“Q” is 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA over his last three starts. He won his last outing on June 29 vs. Toronto, allowing three hits over seven scoreless innings of work.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Beckham 2B, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Ramirez SS, Gillaspie 3B, Viciedo RF, De Aza LF, Flowers C.

Plays of the Day

The White Sox started the fireworks early last night with the long ball. Dayan Viciedo (No. 10), Jose Abreu (a major-league leading 27th) and Paul Konerko (No. 5) all homered behind the stellar complete-game, 12-strikeout effort of Chris Sale (8-1, 2.16) in the Sox’ 7-1 triumph in the series opener vs. Seattle…Viciedo’s blast was a solo shot while Abreu and Paulie both hit their home runs with a man on…It was the 439th of Konerko’s career as he moved past Andre Dawson for sole possession of 42nd place on the all-time list…Sale’s victory was his fourth start in 2014 with 10-plus strikeouts and one earned run or less allowed–the most in a season by a White Sox hurler in the last century. He also recorded his 14th career double-digit strikeout game, the third-most in Sox history. Ex-Sox lefty Juan Pizarro is second with 15.

Here are the three Sox homers:

In addition to his offense, which saw him go 4-4 with the homer, Viciedo made this great outfield assist (top link) and Adam Eaton made a terrific running catch (bottom link)  along with an RBI double.

Sox Note of the Day

Compliments of @ESPNStatsInfo:

7.5 Abreu

Quote of the Day

Veteran major-leaguer Willie Bloomquist on facing Sale last night:

“He’s as advertised, he’s got electric stuff. It doesn’t matter if you’re left-handed, right-handed or switch. He’s got a lot of stuff to get you out with. He’s very good.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Mariners at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series and six-game homestand. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (2-6, 5.33) for the Sox, RHP Taijuan Walker (1-0, 4.50) for Seattle.

Photo/Video of the Day

Viciedo, Abreu and Konerko did their part, then came the planned explosion:

7.5 Fireworks

1 Comment

I can’t believe that the Chisox are 5 games under .500 with all the offensive talent they have – Dunn, Gillaspie, Eaton, Abreu, and Ramirez. The problem is starting pitching; 1-3 in the rotation are solid. After that, you have multiple guys who have started 40 games to date of which only 11 are considered “quality starts”. And the bullpen can use improvement as well.

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