After Series Win, Sox and Sale Take on Royals
Thursday, April 23, 2015
White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN+2/COZI) in the opener of a four-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale for the Sox, RHP Yordano Ventura for K.C.
Chris is 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA on the young season. He is set to make his third start and second at home. He earned his second straight win on April 18 at Detroit, allowing just two runs on four hits with six strikeouts in six innings.
See you tonight in the K Zone for Sale?
Jeff Samardzija pitched six shutout innings for his first win in a White Sox uniform, Jose Abreu drove in three runs with his fifth homer (click on link below) and a two-run double and Melky Cabrera went 2-4 with an RBI and run scored in the Sox’ 6-0 victory over Corey Kluber and the Tribe to earn the series win…Adam Eaton, Adam LaRoche, Alexei Ramirez and Micah Johnson added two hits apiece in our 14-hit effort…In relief of the Shark, Dan Jennings, Zach Duke and Jake Petricka each pitched a scoreless inning.
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Quotes of the Day
The Shark Speaks:
** On yesterday’s outing:
“It feels great. It’s all about proving yourself to these guys. You get new teammates and you want to come out here and make sure you prove your worth to them and they want to go out there and play with you and be out there on tough days like that. They went out there and played great for me and (Geovany Soto) called a great game and got me through it.”
** From one star to another. Samardzija on Abreu:
“Everybody knows what type of hitter he is. It’s great to be on the team and see how he works and how he prepares. We’re expecting big things out of him and we’re going to ride him as far as we can. He’s amazing.”
Sox Notes of Note
White Sox relievers have gone 2-1 with a 1.61 ERA and 33 strikeouts over the last 10 games…Jennings has made six consecutive scoreless appearances (7.1 IP)…Abreu homered in consecutive games for the fifth time in his career. He is hitting .365 with 11 doubles, 13 homers and 31 RBI in the first inning since he arrived in 2014. Also, he has now hit a HR off of five former Cy Young Award winners (Kluber, Justin Verlander, David Price, Clayton Kershaw and R.A. Dickey)…LaRoche is hitting .294 with three home runs, eight RBI, six runs scored and six walks over his last nine games…Johnson has hit safely in each of his last five games, going 6-14 (.429)…Eaton is batting .300 (exactly what he hit in 2014) in his last eight games…Cabrera has hit safely in five straight and eight of his last 10 for a .357 average.
White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana for the Sox, LHP Danny Duffy for Kansas City.
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…
In Game 14 on April 19, Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez pitched six scoreless innings for his second win of the season and Paul Konerko unloaded his seventh homer as the White Sox won their second in a row, 3-1, over the Twins at U.S. Cellular Field. The first-place Sox moved to 10-4 on the year.
Photo of the Day
According to @ckamka: After yesterday’s performance, Jeff Samardzija’s ERA is now 1.41 in 32.0 career innings at U.S. Cellular Field.