Tonight’s Mission: Even Series
Friday, April 24, 2015
White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WGN) in the second game of the four-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana for the Sox, LHP Danny Duffy for Kansas City.
Chris Sale gave up two runs in the first inning, but sailed through the next six frames as he shut down the Royals from the second through the seventh in last night’s tough 3-2, 13-inning loss…Zach Duke, David Robertson, Zach Putnam and Dan Jennings each pitched a scoreless frame in relief of Sale. Jake Petricka pitched a perfect 12th before giving up the winning run in the 13th…Jose Abreu went 2-4 with an RBI and is now batting .305 with 13 RBI…The Sox also enjoyed an outstanding defensive game, highlighted by a few vintage plays by Alexei Ramirez, who also drove in his ninth run of the year.
Quote of the Day
Back in the day when their dad Dave was a coach with the Sox, a young Adam LaRoche and his brothers were fixtures around the clubhouse, much like Adam’s son Drake is today. Robin Ventura was the third baseman on those teams and has always liked the family atmosphere.
Asked what Adam was like back then, Robin quipped, “He didn’t have the beard. That’s new for him.”
Sox Notes of Note
Sox pitchers have registered a 1.59 ERA and 38 strikeouts over the last 11 games…Duke hasn’t allowed a hit in his last three appearances…Robertson has retired 16 straight batters, striking out 11 since April 9 in Kansas City…Jennings hasn’t given up a run in his last seven appearances…Abreu recorded his third straight multi-hit game…Micah Johnson has hit safely in each of his last six games, hitting .389, and Melky Cabrera extended his hit streak to six, batting .462 during that time.
Games in Cuba
Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred has talked about MLB playing exhibition games in Cuba as soon as next season. Abreu and Ramirez say they would jump at the chance. Here are their comments through an interpreter:
“In the near future I wish I can be able to go back and see my son and all my family there,” said Abreu.
Ramirez commented that, “I wish that could happen. I wish that I can get an invitation to go to play there and come back to my country. I’ve lost eight years and you can’t recover that time.”
This Blanket Can Be Yours
Be one of the first 20,000 attending tomorrow afternoon’s game and you can own this Jose Abreu Rookie of the Year blanket.
White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Probable Starters: LHP John Danks for the Sox, RHP Edinson Volquez for K.C.
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…
In Game 15 on April 20 at Comerica Park in Detroit, the first-place White Sox exploded for a 9-1 win over the Tigers to go 11-4 on the year. Joe Crede belted a three-run homer, Jermaine Dye a two-run blast, Scott Podsednik went 3-5 with two stolen bases and John Garland improved his record to 3-0, allowing just a run and five hits in eight innings.
Photo of the Day
Cover boy. Closer David Robertson is on the cover of Splash magazine.