Seventh Inning Rally And Perfect Relay = Third Win In A Row
Saturday, May 16, 2015
White Sox vs. A’s at O.co Coliseum, Oakland (8:07 p.m. CT, WGN) in the middle game of the three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (1-3, 5.12) for the Sox, RHP Jesse Chavez (1-3, 2.56) for the Athletics.
Last Night’s Highlights
Trailing 6-2, the White Sox exploded for five runs after two outs in the seventh inning to take a 7-6 lead and held on for the victory…Adam LaRoche and Avi Garcia were the big hitting heroes in the seventh, each doubling in a pair of runs. Melky Cabrera added another…LaRoche had three ribbies on the night, Adam Eaton collected a single and a double, plated two runs and extended the inning prior to the scoring by hustling to beat out a grounder, preventing a double play…Jose Abreu knocked out a hit, was twice hit by a pitch and scored twice…Scott Carroll earned the win in relief, his first this season, and Zach Duke chalked up his first save in a Sox uniform.
The game ended in the ninth when the A’s’ Stephen Vogt got caught in a rundown between third base and home while trying to score the tying run on a Coco Crisp gapper. Vogt, who was on first base via a two-out walk, was waved home, but a brilliant relay from Eaton to Alexei Ramirez to Abreu to Gordon Beckham to Geovany Soto prevented him from scoring.
The five-run seventh (top link) and the perfect relay (bottom link):
Quote of the Day
Eaton on the game-ending relay:
“Spring training at its finest right there. We can’t say that all that often, but we worked on that. It’s nice that it actually shows up in the game.”
Just a reminder…Paul Konerko Day is a week from today (Saturday, May 23, 3:10 p.m., CT) as Paulie has his No. 14 retired. Here are some words of wisdom from the captain.
Sanchez Recalled, Johnson to Charlotte
The White Sox have recalled second baseman Carlos Sanchez and optioned Micah Johnson to Class AAA Charlotte. The 22-year-old Sanchez is currently second in the International League this season in hits (45) and fifth in batting average with a .344 mark. He was named Batter of the Week twice.
Sanchez hit safely in 22 of the Knights’ first 29 games. On May 1 the Venezuelan native went 5-5 and was 9-9 after a 4-4 game the next day. Over those two days he reached base in 10 straight plate appearances and had four runs scored, three doubles, two homers and seven RBI. He homered both lefty and righty on May 2.
Carlos was in the starting lineup last night, batting ninth, and he singled in four at bats.
White Sox vs. A’s at O.co Coliseum (3:07 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the series. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (2-2, 4.80) for the Sox, LHP Scott Kazmir (2-1, 2.78) for Oakland.
Photo of the Day
The hilarious Melissa McCarthy was at U.S. Cellular Field yesterday filming the upcoming movie, “Michelle Darnell.” Here she is in all of her Sox splendor.