Blue Jays in the House as White Sox Return Home
Friday, August 15, 2014
White Sox vs Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and six-game homestand that continues against the Orioles Monday-Wednesday. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (6-7, 4.15) for the Sox, RHP Marcus Stroman (7-3, 3.34) for the Jays. We have won 10 of our last 15 games against Toronto, including three in a row.
Noesi will be making his 20th start with the Sox and has lowered his ERA from 14.21 to 4.27 since joining us from Texas. He owns a 0.63 ERA and a .180 opponents average over his last two starts against the Rangers and Mariners, both former teams, and 3-1 and 3.18 ERA over his last five. He received a no decision in his last start on August 9 at Seattle despite allowing just one unearned run on five hits over 7.1 innings pitched in a game the White Sox won in 10 innings.
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza LF, Ramirez SS, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Viciedo RF, Gillaspie 3B, Flowers C, Jor. Danks CF, Beckham 2B.
The Most Talented Pierce Since Billy?
For more than a half-century Billy Pierce has been synonymous with the White Sox, having distinguished himself as the All-Star ace of the Go-Go Sox pitching staff of the 1950s. Yesterday at the Little League World Series another Pierce made Chicago proud in a performance that Hall of Famer and broadcaster Barry Larkin called “the stuff of legends.”
Jackie Robinson West’s Pierce Jones (No. 23 shown above being mobbed by teammates after smashing a homer) went 4-4 with three home runs–the first leading off the game–a triple and four RBI in JRW’s 12-2 victory over Lynnwood of Washington state in the South Side team’s first contest in the double elimination tournament. The game was stopped after five innings because of JRW’s 10-run lead.
Shortstop Ed Howard added a two-run homer and pitcher Joshua Houston went four innings, striking out seven and giving up only two hits for the winners.
Howard and Houston are both members of the White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) program along with Cameron Bufford, Brandon Green, Marquis Jackson and Carlton “Trey” Hondras.
By the way, Trey has one of the most intriguing pre-game rituals you’ve ever heard. He says he talks to girls for good luck.
JRW continues its quest of a LLWS title on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Back Home…
While the JRW youngsters were impressing the fans in South Williamsport, Pa. yesterday, there were hundreds of fans at Jackie Robinson Park where a viewing party was organized by the White Sox, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City of Chicago. The crowd, which included many sporting Sox jerseys, caps and t-shirts, enthusiastically supported their hometown team as they watched the large TV screen. Those attending enjoyed ballpark food and other various activities, including face painting. Former Sox stars Minnie Minoso and Carlos May were there signing autographs and Southpaw was on hand bringing smiles to everyone’s faces.
Here was the scene yesterday at JR Park.
The Homestand Ahead…
…including Frank Thomas bobblehead night tomorrow.
Quote of the Day
White Sox vs. Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: John Danks (9-8, 4.96) for the 4.96) 4.96) for the Sox, ex-mate Mark Buehrle (11-8, 3.31) for the Jays.
Photo of the Day
Chicago loves Jackie Robinson West.