Beckham Stirs the Drink, Sox Take Mother’s Day Momentum to Milwaukee
Monday, May 11, 2015
White Sox vs. Brewers at Miller Park, Milwaukee (6:20 p.m., CT, WPWR) in the opener of a 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.
When it comes to baseball, you just never know. The White Sox entered the top of the ninth inning with a 3-1 lead and David Robertson on the mound with his 0.00 ERA. But the script didn’t go as planned and the Reds scored twice to tie the score at 3-3. Aside from losing the lead, the Sox would now have to face Cincy’s lefty closer Aroldis Chapman, he of the consistent 100+ mph fastball, for the first time in the series.
It looked pretty discouraging in the bottom of the ninth as Chapman struck out fellow Cuban Jose Abreu and got Adam LaRoche on a ground out. Then, with two outs and nobody on base, Avi Garcia and Alexei Ramirez knocked out back-to-back singles on 100+ mph pitches and moved to second and third on a wild pitch–Chapman’s first of the season. Moments later, Gordon Beckham provided the Mother’s Day heroics by delivering the game-winner with a single to right-center scoring Garcia (click on link below). The walkoff gave the Sox a 4-3 win and two of three in the series…Emilio Bonifacio, playing second base, had two hits and drove in a pair of runs with a single and a ground out. Ramirez had an RBI sac fly.
While Robertson got credit for the win–he’s now 3-0–John Danks pitched his best game of the season, tossing seven innings and allowing a lone run on six hits. He’s 2-0 with a 3.31 ERA at USCF this year.
In baseball, you just never know.
And Defense, too!
The White Sox played an outstanding defensive game as well. Here’s an outstanding catch by Garcia, pictured above as well.
Stirring the Drink
The Sox have had some fun with Adam Eaton recently by designing t-shirts playfully mimicking his quote about being the player who “stirs the drink.” It translated onto the field yesterday when Beckham excitedly made the “stirring motion” after his dramatic base hit.
Quotes of the Day
@JonHeymanCBS: chisox beat chapman with 3 straight hits. odds of that happening, based on .147 career BAA, is 3 out of a thousand
Righty pitching prospect Chris Beck was recalled from Class AAA Charlotte for Saturday’s doubleheader as the 26th man on the roster. He tweeted the following after he was returned to the Knights after the twin bill:
@WatchUrBeck: A little taste of what I want to be a permanent thing! Time to throw it into an extra gear and get there! Either way what an awesome day!
Carlos Rodon’s “first victory” SWAG
Sox Notes of Note
With yesterday’s win, the White Sox have won five straight home series–vs. the Twins, Indians, Royals and Tigers in addition to the Reds–and are now 10-5 at home…Duke extended hs scoreless streak to nine games and owns a 1.25 ERA on the season…LaRoche has reached base safely in nine straight games with seven hits and eight walks…The club has outrighted reliever Javy Guerra to Charlotte. He was designated for assignment last week…According to @ckamka, nine players in Sox history collected 200 doubles and 100 homers: Frank Thomas, Paul Konerko, Harold Baines, Minnie Minoso, Ray Durham, Magglio Ordonez, Robin Ventura, Carlton Fisk and now Ramirez.
Courtney Hawkins’ Homer Redefines “Giving the Ball a Ride”
White Sox vs. Brewers at Miller Park (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (2-1, 5.93) for the Sox, Mike Fiers (1-4, 5.46) for Milwaukee.
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…
In Game 29 on May 6 in Toronto, the White Sox beat the Blue Jays, 5-3, for their sixth straight triumph. Jermaine Dye belted his fourth homer, A.J. Pierzynski drove in a pair of runs and Scott Podsednik collected an RBI and stole his 12th base. Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez won his fourth game and Dustin Hermanson registered his fifth save. The first-place Sox moved to 22-7 on the season.
Photo of the Day
Before yesterday’s game Robertson hugs one of the mothers that his charity, High Socks for Hope, helped after the tornado devastation.