A Double Dip and Then Some
Saturday, August 30, 2014
An action-packed day and night of baseball is in store for Sox fans with a doubleheader, a classic pitching matchup in Game 1, the coming-out party for a promising Sox rookie pitcher in the nightcap, the return of a Hall of Fame manager, a special giveway and a ceremony to honor a hometown champion.
White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field in a split doubleheader, made necessary by the June 10 postponement. Game 1 (12:05 p.m., CT, CSN+) starters: LHP Chris Sale (10-3, 2.03) for the Sox, RHP Max Scherzer (15-4, 3.13) for the Tigers. Game 2 (6:10 p.m., CT, WGN) starters: RHP Chris Bassitt, making his major-league debut for the Sox, and LHP Kyle Ryan, also making his first MLB appearance, for Detroit.
The All-Star Lefty
Sale, who will be facing defending American League Cy Young Award winner Scherzer, will be making his 22nd start of the season, 14th at home and second against the Tigers.
Chris ranks among the AL leaders in ERA (1st), WHIP (2nd, 0.93), strikeouts per nine innings (2nd, 10.46), opponents average (T2nd, .201) and complete games (T5th, 2).
Bassitt, an Ohio native and University of Akron product, will be making his big-league debut. With Class AA Birmingham, Bassitt compiled a 3-1 record with a 1.56 ERA, a .206 average against, 36 strikeouts and 14 walks in 34.2 innings (six starts). He will be the 26th man on the roster for the twin bill, but will remain with the Sox for the remainder of the season.
The Hall of Famer
Former Sox manager Tony LaRussa, who was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in July, will be honored before tonight’s game and will throw out a ceremonial first pitch. He will also sign autographs and his HOF plaque will be displayed for all to see. And LaRussa bobbleheads will be given out to the first 20,000 fans.
The Jackie Robinson West Little Leaguers, who captured the hearts of baseball fans everywhere on their way to winning the U.S. championship at the LL World Series, will be honored by the White Sox before Game 2 of the doubleheader.
The Sox will pay tribute to JRW with the following:
* A $20,000 donation from Chicago White Sox Charities
* A plaque honoring JRW will be installed at U.S. Cellular Field in time for next season
* All members of the team will receive Sox jerseys with their own numbers and signed by the 2014 White Sox
* A Sox backpack filled with back-to-school supplies
The White Sox also are encouraging fans to wear gold in honor of Jackie Robinson West.
Plays of the Day
Jose Abreu and Adam Eaton each singled twice, doubled and drew a walk in last night’s loss to Detroit…Eaton also scored on Adam Dunn‘s sac fly…Ronald Belisario (2.0 IP), Matt LIndstrom (1.2) and Maikel Cleto (0.1) tossed four scoreless innings in relief of Scott Carroll.
Quote of the Day
Robin on Bassitt:
“You look at him, just size-wise (6-foot-5) and how it comes out of his hand, (he’s) an intriguing pitcher–just because of the way he throws. It was fun watching him in spring training. We were impressed with him then. Now you get a chance to see him up here against some good hitters.”
White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series and seven-game homestand. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (6-10, 3.48) for the Sox, RHP Rick Porcello (15-8, 3.06) for Detroit.
Photo of the Day
After last night’s outstanding performances, Abreu (.316) ranks fifth among American League hitters in average and Eaton (.310) is tied for sixth. Conor Gillaspie (.302) is ninth.
Abreu is hitting .516 during his nine-game hittng streak and has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games. Eaton is batting .457 at home for the month of August.