Sox All-Stars Head to Minneapolis, Teammates Take a Break Before Play Resumes on Friday
Sunday, July 13, 2014
Plays of the Day
Gordon Beckham and Leury Garcia each had run-scoring singles in the eighth inning today to give the Sox a 2-1 lead, but the Indians came back with two in the bottom half of the inning to defeat the Sox, 3-2, in the rubber match of the three-game series…Conor Gillaspie, who singled twice and walked, began the Sox rally in the eighth with the second of his two base hits and scored our first run…Jose Abreu went 3-5 this afternoon, raising his batting average to .292 along with his 29 homers and 73 RBI…John Danks recorded another quality start, giving up one run on seven hits in seven innings of work.
Carlos Sanchez Makes Big-League Debut
Prior to today’s game, the White Sox recalled infielder Carlos Sanchez (pictured below) from Class AAA Charlotte. He took the spot on the active roster from Andre Rienzo, who was optioned to Charlotte following yesterday’s game, and gave the Sox another position player with Alexei Ramirez (back) and Adam Eaton (general soreness) sitting out with ailments. Sanchez, who made his big-league debut this afternoon as the starting shortstop, is hitting .291 with 13 doubles, six triples, five homers, 42 RBI and 48 runs with the Knights this season along with playing solid defense at both second base and short.
From the Elias Sports Bureau: Jose Abreu’s fourth-inning two-run home run on Saturday didn’t just give the White Sox the lead for good in their 6-2 win at Cleveland; it was the Cuban rookie’s 50th major-league extra-base hit. Abreu reached the half-century mark in that category in just his 81st major-league contest. That’s the fewest games any player has needed to reach that milestone since Ted Williams did it in his 80th appearance in 1939.
More on Abreu’s first-half performance:
* Heading into today’s game, Jose was on pace to record 49 homers and 124 RBI. The 49 long ones would match the White Sox club record set by Albert Belle in 1998 and the major-league rookie record set by Mark McGwire in 1987.
* His 29 homers are third-most before the All-Star break in club history behind Frank Thomas (32, 1994) and Jim Thome (30, 2006). The homer total is also the second-highest total in Chicago history by a rookie behind Ron Kittle (35 in 1983).
* He has won the following American League honors: April Player, April Rookie, Co-Player of the Week (April 21-27) and June Rookie.
Micah in Minny
Here’s Sox prospect Micah Johnson enjoying the experience to the fullest before today’s All-Star Futures Game at Target Field.
Best wishes to White Sox skipper Robin Ventura, who will be 47 tomorrow. Sharing Robin’s birthday is former Sox pitcher and current TV analyst Steve Stone, who will turn 67.
Quote of the Day
Sanchez on being called up to the majors:
“I’ve been waiting for this moment my whole life.”
All-Star break. The Sox resume play on Friday vs. the Astros at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a three-game series and six-game homestand that concludes with three against the Royals.
Photo of the Day
The very first All-Star Game was played at Comiskey Park in 1933 and won by the American League, 4-2. Here is the star-studded AL squad posing before the game. The White Sox representatives were future Hall of Fame outfielder Al Simmons (top row, fifth from right) and third baseman and future Sox manager Jimmy Dykes (top row, second from right). Simmons started in center field and singled. Dykes singled twice and scored a run.