The Return of Avi and the Prospect of a Series Win
Sunday, August 17, 2014
This Afternoon’s Game
White Sox vs. Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10p.m., CT, WGN) in the rubber match of the three-game series. Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (4-7, 4.81) for the Sox, RHP Scott Hutchison (8-10, 4.60) for Toronto.
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza LF, Ramirez SS, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, A. Garcia RF, Gillaspie 3B, Beckham 2B, Jor. Danks CF, Nieto C.
Plays of the Day
Avi Garcia returned to the Sox lineup last night and didn’t skip a beat. The talented Sox right fielder, who suffered a torn labrum in his left shoulder on April 9 diving for a ball in Colorado, doubled in the second inning in his first at bat and followed it up with an RBI single and a run scored in the sixth during the Sox’ loss to the Jays…John Danks had a quality start, tossing six innings while allowing three runs and seven hits.
Avi’s big hits:
Rodon on the Move
The White Sox’ No. 1 draft choice in June, LHP Carlos Rodon (pictured below), is making his way through the Sox system in fine fashion. Rodon, who pitched four games with Class A Winston-Salem, including a pair of starts, and had two outings for the Arizona Rookie League White Sox, has been promoted to Class AAA Charlotte and is scheduled to make his first start on Tuesday vs. Gwinnett. He has a 2.84 ERA with 20 strikeouts and five walks over 12.2 innings.
Let’s Go, JRW!
The Jackie Robinson West Little League from the South Side, representing the Great Lakes region, goes up against Las Vegas, Nev. from the West this afternoon at 1:00 p.m. CT (ABC, Channel 7 in Chicago). It’ll be the second game for each team in the double elimination Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa. Both JRW and LV won their openers on Thursday by 12-2 scores in shortened games (five innings) due to their large 10-run leads.
Quote of the Day
Sox fans young and old showed their appreciation to former Sox All-Star Mark Buehrle last night in his first start as a visitor at U.S. Cellular. He received enthusiastic applause from the time he went to the mound in the first inning to when he left the game in the sixth. It didn’t go unnoticed by the man himself–here are Buehrle’s comments after the game:
“I had a little more nerves and a little more emotion going than I originally thought I was going to. Obviously, coming out of the dugout and running out, fans started chanting and going crazy…Coming off the field every time, I ran out to hear people cheering, walking off around the dugout, it was exceptional.”
White Sox vs. Orioles at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (10-2, 2.01) for the Sox, RHP Bud Norris (10-7, 3.75) for Baltimore.
Photo of the Day
Governor Pat Quinn proclaimed yesterday “Frank Thomas Day” in the state of Illinois at the same time 20,000 Big Hurt bobbleheads were being given away at last night’s game.