Sox Set Sale in San Francisco
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
White Sox vs. Giants at AT&T Park, San Francisco (9:15 p.m. CT, WGN). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (10-2, 2.14) for the Sox, RHP Ryan Vogelsong (7-8, 3.77) for SF.
Chris is set to make his 19th start of the season, sixth on the road and third during interleague play. He is 3-0 with a 1.85 ERA and 39 strikeouts over six road starts this season. Five have been quality.
Sale ranks among the leaders in ERA (2nd), WHIP (2nd, 0.89), opponents average (3rd, .199) and strikeouts (9th, 138).
This will be Sale’s 14th career interleague appearance and sixth start–he is 3-0 with a 2.52 ERA. He got credit for the win in his last interleague start on June 18 of this year against these same Giants.
An All-Star Pitcher and a Master Wordsmith
The Maturation of Jake Petricka
Robin Williams and the Carlton Fisk Homer
Media reporter extraordinaire and White Sox fan Ed Sherman paid tribute to the late Robin Williams today in the Sherman Report (shermanreport.com). He included a link to Williams’ great scene in “Good Will Hunting” where the actor, in the role of psychotherapist Sean Maguire, described former White Sox catcher Carlton Fisk‘s dramatic homer in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series to Will Hunting (played by Matt Damon).
I know Fisk was with the “other” Sox at the time, but it’s well worth a look (click on link below). It’s also important to note that Williams won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance in the film.
On a related note, the Giants will pay tribute to Williams, who lived in the Bay Area and was an avid fan of the team, before and during tonight’s game with the Sox.
Sox Notes of Note
Matt Lindstrom will be back in the bullpen tonight after being sidelined on the disabled list since May 19 with an injured ankle. To make room on the roster Eric Surkamp has been optioned to Class AAA Charlotte…Award winners: Charlotte catcher Josh Phegley has been named the International League’s Player of the Week (August 4-10). He hit .563 with seven runs, three doubles, three homers and 13 RBI. Birmingham’s Chris Bassitt was named the Southern League’s Pitcher of the Week and Winston-Salem’s Tyler Danish received the same honor in the Carolina League.
Quote of the Day
Paul Konerko on his outstanding career coming to an end (via Scott Merkin, whitesox.com):
“I can say this statement: I will be an ex-baseball player next month. It’s the truth. Since the All-Star break, it’s becoming more real. It’s there, you know. You can feel it coming. But like everything, I’m trying to spin it to where it’s not a bad thing.
“It’s part of the life cycle of the player. I’ve been lucky to play for a long time. I’m trying not to look at it as a sad occasion. I hope nobody else is. I’m graduating on to other things and there’s a time for this. Every player has to go through this stuff. I’m lucky because mine came a lot later than most. I feel lucky for that.
“…I’m very lucky that I’m in that situation where people want to do that stuff (being honored) for me. I want to finish it right. And I know that includes having to deal with that kind of stuff. I see it big picture. But you know me: the daily-basis stuff, I’m a little uncomfortable with it.”
White Sox vs. Giants at AT&T Park (2:45 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (6-8, 3.04) for the Sox, ex-teammate Jake Peavy (0-3, 4.82) for San Francisco.
Photo/Videos of the Day
Enjoy these Gordon Beckham and Alexei Ramirez web gems from the series in Seattle: