Two Straight Wins And A Sweep In Our Sights
Thursday, May 7, 2015
This Afternoon’s Game
White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN) in the finale of the three-game series–the first two won by the Sox. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (1-2, 5.28) for us, RHP Kyle Lobstein (2-2, 3.91) for Detroit.
Last Night’s Highlights
With two out in the eighth inning and trailing by three runs, Micah Johnson and Adam Eaton singled, setting the stage for Melky Cabrera‘s dramatic three-run homer, his first long one of the year, that tied the score at 6-6. Jose Abreu and Adam LaRoche followed with singles and Avi Garcia drove in the game-winner with a clutch base-hit for the 7-6 lead and eventual second straight win over the Tigers. For those of you counting, that’s six straight hits with two outs…Conor Gillaspie belted his first homer of the season, a solo shot in the second inning. It was the first Sox homer since April 22…Johnson singled twice, doubled and scored twice…Eaton, Abreu and LaRoche each collected a pair of singles…Jake Petricka tossed two scoreless innings, Zach Putnam picked up his first victory after an inning of work and Dave Robertson tossed a scoreless ninth for his fifth save. He has yet to give up a run…Defensively, brilliant ninth-inning execution played a significant part in the win with the Sox holding on to the one-run lead. Instead of having runners on first and second with one out after a pair of singles, a 9 (Garcia)-6 (Alexei Ramirez)-3 (Abreu) relay doubled the runner at first for the second out before Robertson induced a ground ball out to end the game.
The Cabrera and Gillaspie homers plus Avi’s game-winner:
And Don’t Forget…
The Sox have won the last two games in their 1983 throwback uniforms. Just saying…
Jeff Samardzija has dropped his appeal of the five-game suspension resulting from his role during the April 23 brouhaha with the Royals. He began serving his suspension last night and is scheduled to rejoin the team Monday in Milwaukee.
Rodon Ready for First Big-League Start
With Shark out, Carlos Rodon is scheduled to make his first major-league start on Saturday night vs. the Reds.
Quote of the Day
“It should be fun, we’ll see how it goes…I obviously have never started at this level, but at other levels, every five days you know what your day is and you know your routine. I’m back on it. It’s the same thing, the same routine I’ve done in Triple-A and college and high school, it’s just a little better hitters.”
What Can’t Jose Do?
Nate Jones Update
Sox Notes of Note
The Sox are now 8-3 at home as a result of last night’s come-from-behind, 13-hit attack…Cabrera has hit safely in 16 of his last 20 games vs. Detroit, batting .410 with three homers and 16 RBI…Abreu is batting .439 with a homer and six RBI against the Tigers in 11 career home games…Johnson is hitting .326 over his last 15 games. He is fourth among American League rookies in hits with 17 and last night recorded the first three-hit game of his career.
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…
In Game 25 on May 1 at U.S. Cellular Field, Jon Garland blanked the Tigers 8-0 with a four-hit, complete-game shutout, improving his record to 5-0. Timo Perez (two-run homer) and Carl Everett each drove in three runs as the first-place White Sox raised their record to 18-7.
White Sox vs. Reds at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN+) in the opener of a three-game interleague series. Probable Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (0-3, 6.75) for the Sox, RHP Jason Marquis (3-1, 5.22) for Cincinnati.
Photo of the Day
Everybody in Chicago, I mean everybody, is rooting for the Bulls and Blackhawks.