Rodon, Big Bats Give Sox Chance to Win Fifth Straight Home Series
Sunday, May 10, 2015
This Afternoon’s Game
White Sox vs. Reds at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game interleague series with the Sox aiming for their fifth consecutive home series win. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (1-3, 6.20) for the Sox, RHP Michael Lorenzen (1-1, 3.27) for Cincinnati.
Alexei Ramirez hit his first homer of the season, a solo blast, and the 100th of his career (click on top link below)…Jose Abreu also hit a solo shot, his sixth of the year (click on second link below), in the Sox’ loss to Johnny Cueto and the Reds…Abreu and Avi Garcia each cut down a runner at the plate with an outstanding throw (click on the third and bottom links below)…Scott Carroll did yeomanlike work for 4.2 innings in relief of starter Hector Noesi,who left the game in the second inning after being hit by a comebacker to the mound. Noesi has a lower back contusion and is day-to-day.
Carlos Rodon pitched six strong innings and earned his first big-league victory in his first start and Ramirez, Garcia and Gordon Beckham belted homers as the Sox won the nightcap of the doubleheader, 8-2…Rodon gave up two runs and four hits while striking out eight en route to his win…Ramirez capped off a big night by adding a single and a double to his two-run round-tripper in the second game and his solo jack in the opener…Garcia singled in addition to his solo homer and Beckham added a single to his solo blast and drove in three…Melky Cabrera and Adam LaRoche each had a pair of hits and a run batted in…Zach Duke tossed 1.2 innings of scoreless ball and David Robertson set the Reds down in order in the ninth.
Here’s Rodon in action…
…and the Ramirez, Garcia and Beckham homers, No. 2 on the season for each of them and career No. 101 for Alexei.
Quote of the Day
Ramirez had a memorable day with his two homers and five hits in eight at-bats in the doubleheader. Was he relieved to finally hit homer No. 100?:
“Yes, and I feel happy also because it’s part of the reward and the help that many people put in me. My coaches, my family, all the people that are helping me around during the years. It means a lot for me.”
Mother’s Day Special: Micah and his Mom
LaRoche Watching Video
Saturday Cycle for Anderson
Heralded shortstop prospect Tim Anderson, excelling at Class AA Birmingham, hit for the cycle last night.
Take a Bow
The White Sox Volunteer Corps takes a team photo yesterday after a hard day’s work giving back to the community.
Sox Note of Note
The White Sox are donating $15,000 to High Socks for Hope, David Robertson‘s charity, to assist those in Fairdale, Ill. who have been affected by the devastating tornadoes.
White Sox vs. Brewers at Miller Park, Milwaukee (6:20 p.m., CT, WPWR) in the opener of the three-game interleague series. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (2-2, 4.38) for the Sox, RHP Willy Peralta (1-4, 3.92) for Milwaukee.
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…
In Game 28 on May 5 vs. the Royals at U.S. Cellular Field, the first-place White Sox won 2-1 for their fifth straight win and improved to 21-7. Jose Contreras won his first game of the season, allowing just a run on four hits in eight innings of work. Shingo Takatsu tossed a scoreless ninth to earn his eighth save. Offensively, the Sox mustered just two hits and both runs, scored in the eighth innning, came on bases-loaded walks. But it was good enough to get the W.
Photo of the Day
Rodon’s friends, family and fans gathered in his hometown of Holly Springs, N.C. to watch their favorite son on TV. And as it turned out, there was a whole lot to cheer about.