Sox Back Home After 5-2 Road Trip
Thursday, July 31, 2014
This Afternoon’s Game
The Sox ended their seven-game road trip on a winning note this afternoon, defeating the Tigers, 7-4, on 16 hits. We finished the trip with a 5-2 record, winning three of four in Minnesota and two of three in Detroit.
Plays of the Day
Jose Abreu extended his hitting streak to 20 games today and that wasn’t all. He singled in the first inning (see photo above and click on link below), had a pair of doubles and was intentionally walked twice. Remarkably, he’s now recorded a hit in 38 of his last 39 games…Adam Eaton was 3-5 with two RBI and two runs scored, Alexei Ramirez singled and doubled with a run batted in, Paul Konerko was 2-4, including a double, scored twice and got credit for an RBI when he was hit by a pitch…Moises Sierra pounded out three singles and a double, scored a run and drove in another.
Abreu, now hitting .305 with his league-leading 31 homers and and 83 RBI, and Eaton, who upped his average to .296, both reached base five times. The last time two Sox teammates accomplished the feat was in 2010 when Konerko and Alex Rios did it in an extra-inning game. The last time two White Sox did so in a nine-inning contest was May 1, 2006, when Scott Podsednik collected four hits and a walk and Rob Mackowiak had three hits and two walks.
Ronald Belisario (1.2 IP), Javy Guerra (1.1) and Jake Petricka (1.0) pitched scoreless baseball in relief starter John Danks, who went five innings. Petricka chalked up his sixth save.
Abreu has nine three-hit games this season, including four during his 20-game streak (@ckamka)…Jose’s run is the first 20-or-more consecutive game streak for the White Sox in a single season since Carlos Lee hit safely 28 games in a row during the 2004 season (ESPN)…he is the first Sox player with multiple games with two intentional walks in a season since Frank Thomas in 2000 (@ckamka).
Sox Notes of Note
With his fourth-inning double, Paulie reached the 4,000 mark in total bases, extending his franchise record (click on link below)…after undergoing back surgery earlier this season, Sox reliever Nate Jones had Tommy John surgery on Tuesday to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow…OF Avi Garcia and reliever Matt Lindstrom begin rehab stints tomorrow at Class AAA Charlotte…before A.J. Pierzynski left Hall of Fame Induction Weekend, he and HOF inductee The Big Hurt talked about how St. Louis would be a good place for the catcher to land. Well, it came true just as Frank said and A.J. took a bit of Frank with him as he’s now wearing No. 35 in tribute to his ex-Sox teammate…Thomas’ Hall of Fame plaque will be removed temporarily from the Cooperstown shrine and displayed at U.S. Cellular Field on Saturday and Sunday. Tony LaRussa‘s plaque will be available for viewing at the ballpark August 30-September 1…Jordan Danks tied Joe Borchard‘s Class AAA Charlotte’s all-time hit record last night with his 439th base hit…LHP Scott Snodgress was promoted to Charlotte from Class AA Birmingham.
White Sox Charities Week Begins Tomorrow
Quote of the Day
Sox GM Rick Hahn on Garcia and Lindstrom:
“Certainly Matt has the ability to help solidify the back end of the bullpen, and Avi would be a big piece in the lineup and as part of our future plans. We’ve missed them both throughout this stretch, and if and when they return to the active roster, we certainly think it’s going to be a nice shot in the arm.”
White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and six-game homestand that concludes with three against the Rangers. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (10-1, 1.88) for the Sox, LHP Logan Darnell (0-1, 7.88) for Minnesota.
Photo/Videos of the Day
Here are No. 1 draft pick Carlos Rodon‘s three strikeouts in his one-inning debut with Class A Winston-Salem yesterday afternoon.