Sox Aim For Series Split Amid Roster Changes
Sunday, August 31, 2014
This Afternoon’s Game
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.
Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Sanchez 2B, Abreu DH, A. Garcia RF, Gillaspie 3B, Viciedo LF, Andy Wilkins 1B, Flowers C, L. Garcia SS.
Andy Wilkins, who is making his major-league debut today, has hit 30 homers, driven in 85 and batted .293 with an .896 OPS with Class AAA Charlotte in 127 games this season. He leads the International League in homers, extra-base hits (69) and total bases (274), ranks second in RBI and slugging percentage (.558) and is fourth in hits and runs scored.
Plays of the Day
Down 3-0 heading into the bottom of the first inning against defending American League Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer, Chris Sale and the Sox came back to take the first game of yesterday’s twin bill from the Tigers, 6-3…Settling down after the first, Sale pitched six shutout innings the rest of the way, allowing just three hits during that time, struck out a season-high 13 in all and K’d the side four times in seven innings while getting his 11th win (see top link below)…Adam Dunn smashed a two-run homer, his 20th of the season and 460th of his career (click on middle link below), in the four-run Sox third and Tyler Flowers belted No. 10, a solo shot in the fourth (click on bottom link below)…Jose Abreu went 3-4 with an RBI and a run scored and Adam Eaton collected two hits and scored a run…Alexei Ramirez doubled, drove in a run and scored twice…Zach Putnam pitched a scoreless eighth and Jake Petricka did likewise in the ninth, recording his 10th save.
Dayan Viciedo blasted his 17th homer, a three-run shot, in the Sox loss to Detroit in the nightcap of the doubleheader (please click on link below)…Ramirez doubled twice and scored a run, Eaton singled, walked and scored and Abreu singled and walked twice.
Adam Dunn to Oakland
Prior to today’s game, the White Sox traded Dunn and cash considerations to Oakland in exchange for right-handed pitcher Nolan Sanburn.
Sanburn, 23, is 3-1 with a 3.28 ERA, six saves and 73 strikeouts in 42 relief appearances this season with Class A Stockton of the California League. The 6-foot-0, 175-pound Sanburn has thrown 2.0 IP or more 21 times for Stockton.
He is 4-5 with a 2.93 ERA and 118 strikeouts in 65 games (nine starts) over three minor-league seasons. Sanburn was ranked by Baseball America as the No. 10 Prospect in the A’s organization entering the 2014 season and the No. 10 Prospect by MLB.com entering the 2013 campaign. A native of Kokomo, Ind., Sanburn was selected by Oakland in the second round of the 2012 draft out of the University of Arkansas.
Alejandro De Aza to Baltimore
During last night’s game, the White Sox traded outfielder Alejandro De Aza to Baltimore in exchange for right-handed pitchers Mark Blackmar and Miguel Chalas.
Blackmar, 22, is 10-1 with a 3.18 ERA, 83 strikeouts and a .229 opponents average in 26 games (18 starts) with Class A Frederick of the Carolina League. Over his last 10 games (all starts), the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Blackmar has gone 6-0 with a 2.09 ERA, allowing just 45 hits. A native of Corpus Christi, Texas, he is 21-13 with a 3.75 ERA in 74 games (36 starts) over four minor-league seasons since being selected by the Orioles in the 16th round of the 2011 draft.
Chalas, 22, has combined to go 3-4 with a 4.48 ERA in 30 relief appearances this season between Frederick and Class AAA Norfolk of the International League. In two games since being promoted to Norfolk, the 6-foot-0, 170-pound Chalas is 1-1 with a 1.29 ERA. Chalas, a native of Seibo, Dominican Republic, has gone 24-21 with a 3.73 ERA and 300 strikeouts in 115 games over five minor-league seasons since signing with the Orioles as a free agent on February 24, 2010.
Before today’s game, the White Sox purchased the contracts of left-handed pitcher Scott Snodgress and first baseman Wilkins from Charlotte, and also returned Moises Sierra from his injury rehabilitation assignment at Charlotte and reinstated the outfielder from the 15-day disabled list.
Snodgress, 24, takes the roster spot of right-hander Chris Bassitt, who was optioned to Charlotte following last night’s game. Wilkins, 25, takes the roster spot of Dunn, who was while Sierra replaces De Aza, who was traded to Baltimore last night.
Sox Notes of Note
With his K total yesterday, Sale now has 17 double-digit career strikeout games, tying him with Hall of Famer Ed Walsh for the most in franchise history. Walsh got to 17 in 288 starts, Chris in 81…Abreu is hitting .541 during his current 11-game hitting streak and has hit safely in 15 of his last 16 games (.458). He finished the doubleheader with a .321 average for the season, good enough for fifth in the AL. He also is tied for the major-league lead and ranks first among AL run producers with 98 RBI…Eaton is batting .435 with seven runs scored during his six-game hitting streak and is now at .311 this year, tied for sixth among AL hitters…Carlos Sanchez has hit safely in seven of his eight games (.313) since joining the Sox from Charlotte on August 22.
On the Farm
Left-hander Carlos Rodon, the Sox’ top draft pick this past June, allowed two runs, seven hits and three walks while striking out seven in five innings for Charlotte last night vs. the Gwinnett Braves…Righty Francellis (Frank) Montas allowed just one run on one hit over five innings in his first start at Class AA Birmingham.
LaRussa in the House
Former Sox manager Tony LaRussa, who was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in July, was honored by the Sox last night and threw out a ceremonial first pitch. It was also LaRussa bobblehead night. Here is LaRussa embracing one of his former players and biggest stars, Harold Baines.
Quote of the Day
Sale on the Sox grit in Game 1:
“What I really respect about this team and what was the [most fun] part was watching them come back. We get in a hole there early and our work ethic, our focus and our drive hasn’t attenuated one bit. We fought until the end against a great team and a great pitcher.”
For the record, Chris’ word of the start was attenuated. Translated, it means “weakened in force or effect.”
Off Day. On Tuesday night, it’ll be the White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis (7:10, CT, CSN) in the opener of a brief two-game set and five-game road trip that concludes with a three-game weekend series in Cleveland. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (8-8, 4.30) for the Sox, LHP Tommy Milone (0-1, 7.94) for Minnesota.
Photos/Videos of the Day
U.S Cellular Field was buzzing last night as the Sox honored the U.S. champion Jackie Robinson West Little Leaguers. Here are two videos and a montage of photos illustrating the activities.
The photos: Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and Executive Vice President Ken Williams presented JRW with a 20,000 check from Chicago White Sox Charities; the youngsters proudly displayed their Sox jerseys with their own individual numbers, signed by the 2014 White Sox; and all of the young men ran the bases and high-or-low-fived the Sox players en route to home plate.