Sale’s Goal: Tame the Tigers
Saturday, April 18, 2015
This Afternoon’s Game
White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park, Detroit (12:08 p.m., CT, WGN) in the second game of the three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale for the Sox, RHP Anibal Sanchez for the Tigers.
Sale (1-0, 1.50) is set to make his second start of the season. He earned the victory in his season debut on April 12 vs. the Twins after allowing just one run on five hits with one walk and eight strikeouts in six innings (98 pitches) of work.
Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Cabrera LF, Abreu DH, LaRoche 1B, Garcia RF, Gillaspie 3B, Ramirez SS, Flowers C, Johnson 2B
Jeff Samardzija was the Sox star of the day. The Shark was masterful, allowing just a run, eight scattered hits, no walks and seven strikeouts in eight innings as the Sox dropped a heartbreaker to the Tigers, 2-1…Avi Garcia hit his first homer of the season, an opposite field solo blast off of Detroit ace David Price in the second inning (click on link below).
A Star On and Off the Field
Samardzija grew up in nearby Valparaiso, Ind. and the Sox right-hander has made a generous pledge to give back to his home community. Every public school student in Valpo–approximately 7,500 strong–will be given a ticket from the Shark to attend a Sox game.
Quote of the Day
Shark talks about yesterday’s outing:
“If I’m most proud of anything it was pitches with runners in scoring position. They like to run and we cut that out, which I was happy about. That was a key going into the game. We were battling there. To get a couple of ground balls here and there was huge.
“I always feel better the last 50 or 60 pitches of a game. (The Tigers are) a great team and I know from pitch 1 I had to have a great day to do what we wanted to do.”
Next Week’s Homestand
White Sox vs. Tigers in Detroit (12:08 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series and five-game road trip. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana for the Sox, RHP Shane Greene for Detroit.
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…
In Game 10 on April 15 the first-place Sox’ record moved to 7-3 on the strength of Juan Uribe‘s two-run homer/four RBI night and Jermaine Dye‘s solo clout as the Sox posted a 6-4 victory at home over the Mariners. Jon Garland pitched seven innings for the win, Dustin Hermanson chalked up save No. 2.
Photo/Video of the Day
A Samardzija sampling: