Saturday Magic Gives Sox Shot at Series Sweep
Sunday, September 14, 2014
This Afternoon’s Game
White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) as the Sox go for the three-game sweep vs. Minnesota in the finale of the seven-game homestand after winning both ends of yesterday’s doubleheader. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (8-9, 4.69) for the Sox, RHP Trevor May (2-4, 8.38) for Minny.
Noesi is scheduled to make his 30th appearance and 25th start of the season. He is 3-1 with a 3.47 ERA over his last seven starts. Though he had a quality start in his last outing (September 8 vs. Oakland), allowing three runs and four hits in 6.1 innings pitched, he didn’t factor in the decision.
He is 2-0 with a 3.66 ERA in six career appearances against the Twins. He didn’t get the decision in his last start against Minnesota on September 2 when he gave up three runs in seven innings.
Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Ramirez SS, Abreu 1B, Gillaspie 3B, A. Garcia RF, Wilkins DH, Viciedo LF, Sanchez 2B, Nieto C.
Plays of the Day
Jose Quintana was at his absolute best in the opener of yesterday’s twin bill (click on top link below) besting Minnesota’s 15-game winner Phil Hughes in the 5-1 Sox win, our third straight triumph. “Q” recorded his eighth victory, tossing seven-plus innings and allowing just a run, three hits and a pair of walks while striking out a career-high 13–at one point fanning six in a row and eight of nine…Alexei Ramirez hit his 15th homer, a two-run shot (click on middle link below), doubled and scored twice…Andy Wilkins, Marcus Semien and Tyler Flowers each drove in a run. Wilkins’ RBI single (click on bottom link below) was his first major-league run batted in, Semien’s came when he doubled in a pinch-hitting role and Flowers got credit for an RBI when he was hit by a pitch…Jose Abreu reached base three times. He doubled twice, was hit by a pitch and scored a run.
Dayan Viciedo smashed his 21st homer, a two-run shot, in the bottom of the ninth to lift the Sox to a come-from-behind 7-6 walk-off victory, a sweep of the twin bill and a season-tying fourth straight win (click top link below)….Avi Garcia went deep (No. 5) with a three-run blast (click middle link below) and Abreu hit his 34th homer, a solo clout that also was his 100th RBI (click on bottom link below)…after reaching base three times in Game 1, Abreu did so four times in Game 2 as he also singled and walked twice while scoring three times. His second walk was the result of battling through a 14-pitch at-bat against Twins’ closer Glen Perkins and represented the tying run ahead of Tank’s game-winner in the ninth…Conor Gillaspie tied the game at 5-5 with a pinch-hit RBI single in the seventh…Michael Taylor singled twice and walked and Semien singled, doubled and scored a run.
Sox Notes of Note
In Game 1, White Sox pitchers–Quintana, Zach Putnam (2) and Javy Guerra (2)–recorded a season-high 17 strikeouts…Guerra tossed his fourth straight scoreless appearance (4.1 IP)…In Game 2, Abreu became the fourth Sox rookie in history to drive in 100 or more runs n a season…Jose joins Smead Jolley (114, 1930), Zeke Bonura (110, 1934) and Ron Kittle (100, 1983)…Abreu is also only the fourth rookie in MLB history to record 30 doubles, 30 homers and 100 RBI. Hal Trosky (1934), Ted Williams (1939) and Albert Pujols (2001) are the others to accomplish the feat.
Quote of the Day
Robin on Abreu (via Doug Padilla, ESPNChicago.com):
“Just the at-bat Jose had in the last inning, I think that’s indicative of who he is and what he brings to the table. It was a great at-bat leading off an inning against a great closer that he just keeps wearing him out to where he gets a walk. Those are the kinds of things you need to do to win games. He’s that type of player and it sets the tone for that inning…In the end you know he’s the guy you want to put your buck on.”
Sox fans enjoyed Chicago Bulls Night at the ballpark last night and Bulls’ standout Tony Snell threw out the ceremonial first pitch to catcher Adrian Nieto.
White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and nine-game, 10-day road trip, the last trip of the season before the final homestand. Starters: LHP John Danks (9-11, 5.05) for the Sox, RHP James Shields (14-7, 3.13) for KC.
Photo of the Day
The big day will be here before you know it.
And, by the way, Paulie took swings in the batting cage yesterday. He felt normal soreness in his hand, but has no doubt that if he doesn’t play in Kansas City this week he will definitely be ready to play against Tampa Bay next weekend (photo courtesy of @scottmerkin).