A Happy Bunch of Sox Look to Ground Orioles
Monday, April 27, 2015
White Sox vs. Orioles at Oriole Park, Camden Yards, Baltimore (6:05 p.m., CT, WGN) in the opener of a three-game series and seven-game road trip that continues with four in Minnesota. Probable Starters: RHP Hector Noesi for the Sox, Ubaldo Jimenez for the O’s.
Yesterday’s Highlights: Two For the Road
It took just 19 minutes for the Sox to win the suspended game from Friday night. In the bottom of the ninth inning, after David Robertson shut down the Royals in the top half of the frame, the Sox mounted a rally for the 3-2 victory. With two outs, Melky Cabrera walked, moved to second on a wild pitch and after Jose Abreu was intentionally walked, Avi Garcia delivered the game-winning single that scored Cabrera. It was Garcia’s first career walk-off hit…Robertson earned his second win.
On the strength of a five-run sixth inning, a quality start by John Danks, stellar bullpen work and a spectacular ninth-inning run-saving catch by Cabrera (see photo below) the White Sox defeated the Royals in the regularly scheduled game, 5-3, for a Sunday sweep and a series triumph…Conor Gillaspie‘s two-out, two-run single (click on link below) gave the Sox a 4-3 lead in the sixth after they had been stymied by K.C. starter Edinson Volquez for the first five frames and down 3-0…Abreu, Adam LaRoche and Tyler Flowers each added an RBI in the inning…Danks recorded his second straight quality start for his first win of the season and is now 8-1 lifetime against the Royals. He gave up three runs and five hits along with eight strikeouts in six innings of work…Jake Petricka, Zach Duke and Robertson pitched scoreless ball in relief with the latter adding his third save to his win earlier in the day.
Quotes of the Day
Danks on Sunday’s “Soxcess”:
“We came to the ballpark to win two and we got it done.”
Duke on the recent Sox performance:
“Over the last five or six games we’ve played a really good brand of baseball. Early on you are kind of trying to feel each other out and see how you are going to figure out to win games. I feel like we are starting to do that and playing our style.”
Sox Notes of Note
Abreu extended his hitting streak to eight (.467) and is the fourth player to hit .300 with 40 HR, 120 RBI in their first 162 games (others are Rudy York, Chuck Klein and Ryan Braun)…Adam Eaton has reached base safely in his last nine games…Garcia has reached base in 15 of his last 16…The White Sox bullpen owns a 1.38 ERA over their last 13 games…Duke has not allowed a run in his last four appearances…Robertson converted his 50th career save and made his eighth scoreless appearance…Saturday’s game vs. Royals, which was postponed due to rain, has been rescheduled as part of a split doubleheader on Friday, July 17. The first game will begin at 1:10 p.m., CT, with the regularly scheduled contest starting at 7:10 p.m., CT…Saturday’s promotional giveaway–the “Jose Abreu Rookie of the Year” blanket presented by Beggar’s Pizza–will be given to the first 20,000 fans at the afternoon contest.
White Sox vs. Orioles at Oriole Park, Camden Yards (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija for the Sox, RHP Chris Tillman for Baltimore.
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…
In Game 18 at Kansas City, Aaron Rowand singled in the eventual winning run in the 10th inning as the Sox nipped the Royals, 3-2, for their sixth straight win. Damaso Marte (2-0) was the winning pitcher in relief. The first-place Sox improved to 14-4.
Photos of the Day
Before yesterday’s game, Abreu received not one, not two, but three pieces of hardware–the Silver Slugger award for first basemen and both the Jackie Robinson and Gibby Rookie of the Year awards. Jose’s teammate Alexei Ramirez also picked up his Silver Slugger trophy for shortstops.