Robin on Sox Surge: “This Is What They Thought They Would Be Like”
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Heading in the Right Direction
The White Sox’ 4-3 triumph over the A’s last night gave us our fourth consecutive victory and eighth win in the last 11 contests. It was also the fourth straight series win and put us a victorious game away from .500 heading into this afternoon’s series and road trip finale. And for the second straight night the Sox pushed across the eventual game-winning run in the seventh inning for a one-run conquest.
White Sox vs. A’s at O.co Coliseum, Oakland (3:07 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series and six-game road trip as the Sox go for the sweep of the Athletics and a 5-1 record on the trip. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (2-2, 4.80) for the Sox, LHP Scott Kazmir (2-1, 2.78) for the Athletics.
Last Night’s Highlights
The White Sox exploded with a 13-hit attack…Melky Cabrera was 3-5 with an RBI and two runs scored…Avi Garcia went 3-3, including a double, plus a walk and two RBI…Jose Abreu singled, doubled, was hit by a pitch (his third HBP in the last two games) and drove in the Sox’ fourth run…Adam Eaton knocked out two hits and scored twice..John Danks enjoyed his second consecutive strong, seven-inning start, allowing just two runs, three hits and three walks along with six strikeouts for his second win…David Robertson came on with two out in the eighth and ended a threat, then set down the A’s 1-2-3 in the ninth for his eighth save.
RBI by Cabrera, Garcia and Abreu:
Quote of the Day
Skipper Robin Ventura on the Sox:
“…They continue to believe, I think that’s the biggest thing with these guys. They’re becoming a confident group. It’s a good feeling…They’re not throwing parties in here. This is what they thought they would be like.”
Sox Note of Note
The single-admission doubleheader between the Sox and Orioles on May 28, made necessary by the two postponements due to the civil unrest in Baltimore on April 27-28, has been rescheduled. The twin bill will begin at 12:05 p.m. CT–it was previously set to begin at 3:05 p.m. CT.
White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series and seven-game homestand that continues with three against the Twins. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (3-1, 5.09) for the Sox, RHP Corey Kluber (1-5, 4.27) for the Tribe.
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…
In Game 34 on May 11 at Tampa Bay, Paul Konerko doubled in a pair of runs in a four-run fifth inning as the White Sox defeated the then-Devil Rays, 5-2. Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez earned his fifth win of the year and Dustin Hermanson chalked up save No. 6. The first-place Sox improved their record to 25-9.
Photo of the Day
Here’s our annual May 17 tribute to former Sox All-Star Carlos May, the only professional athlete to wear his birthday on the back of his uniform.
Happy Birthday, Carlos!