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Sunday, April 12, 2015
Win No. 1
The White Sox broke into the win column yesterday with a 5-4 come-from-behind victory over the Twins. Were Sox fans excited? Just click on the video above and see for yourself.
The Highlights: Tied at 4-4, pinch-hitter J.B. Shuck singled in Alexei Ramirez with the eventual game-winner in the bottom of the eighth after Alexei reached base on an infield single and moved to third on a Conor Gillaspie double. It was Conor’s third hit of the game and he also drove in a run…Adam LaRoche and Geovany Soto connected for solo homers, the first of the season for both…Avi Garcia singled and doubled along with an RBI…Jeff Samardzija settled down after a tough second inning and went a solid seven frames…Zach Duke pitched a scoreless eighth to earn the win and David Robertson recorded his first save in a Sox uniform by striking out side in the ninth…According to plan: It’s interesting to note that six of the nine players mentioned here are new to the Sox this year.
The LaRoche and Soto homers:
This Afternoon’s Game: Sale Makes His 2015 Debut
White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the rubber match of the three-game series and homestand. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale for the Sox, RHP Phil Hughes for Minnesota.
Sale, making his first start of the year, had an All-Star season in 2014. He was 12-4 with a 2.17 ERA and 208 strikeouts. He was among the American League leaders in ERA, winning percentage, strikeouts, strikeouts per nine innings, WHIP, opponents on-base percentage, opponents average, hits per nine innings, opponents slugging percentage, opponents OPS, strikeout/walk ratio and complete games.
The K Zone For Sale is a ballpark promotion launched last season in Sections 154 and 155 – a total of more than 930 seats. When Sale starts, fans with tickets in these sections receive a “K Zone For Sale” T-shirt and strikeout card, which can be picked up at the #SoxSocial Lounge before the end of the first inning. “K Zone For Sale” tickets are $20 for most games, with the exception of Family Sundays when the tickets are $15 and the Crosstown Cup games (all subject to availability). Please note that the pitching rotation is subject to change.
Must-See TV Tonight
“Believe,” a new documentary on the 2005 White Sox, premieres tonight at 7:00 p.m., CT, on Comcast SportsNet. It will be narrated by Mandy Patinkin, Emmy and Tony Award winner and current star of Showtime’s acclaimed drama series, “Homeland.” Patinkin grew up on the South Side and was a frequent visitor to Comiskey Park as a youngster.
Meanwhile in Charlotte and Birmingham
Top Prospect Carlos Rodon made a successful first start for the Class AAA Charlotte Knights last night at home vs. Norfolk. The 2014 No. 1 draft pick went five innings, allowing just two runs, one earned, two hits and a pair of walks along with nine strikeouts. Rodon earned the win in the Knights’ 4-2 triumph.
In Birmingham last night highly touted prospect Tyler Danish got credit for the victory in his Class AA debut. In five innings, he gave up an earned run on five hits and struck out three as the Barons defeated Mobile, 2-1.
The Sox optioned infielder Carlos Sanchez to Charlotte after yesterday’s game…Before the start of the game, Eric Surkamp was reinstated from the disabled list and also was optioned to the Knights.
Quotes of the Day
Robin, talking about pinch-hitting Shuck (pictured above) for Soto, who homered and singled earlier in the game:
“Shuckie with the pinch hit, he’s been having great at-bats all spring, and you want a guy in there just fighting for that, scratching and clawing trying to get him in. I thought it was more (the lefty batter vs. the righty pitcher), but again you are looking at the at-bats J.B. has had all through spring and even in Kansas City. I just felt like it was the right time to have him go up there. Geo had a great game. I thought he did a great job with Jeff, of getting him through (the seventh inning). But I just felt it was a better matchup with J.B. in there.”
Shuck on getting the big hit in yesterday’s win:
“I made sure I was loose and ready to go, took some flips in the cage, and if it was going to happen I was ready to go. It’s something you get used to. It’s a battle. You’re going to get great pitchers almost every time you pinch hit, so you’ve just got to really focus on getting the job done and sticking to your game plan.
“It’s a great feeling, but like I said, this was great win. This was a good team-building game right here, and I think we’re going to roll with this one.”
Off Day. On Tuesday, it’ll be White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (6:10 p.m., CT, WPRW). Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana for the Sox, RHP Carlos Carrasco for the Tribe.
Photo/Video of the Day
Here is Alexei’s leaping grab, robbing Brian Dozier of a base hit.