Rodon Ready For Astros After Sale Dazzles In Baltimore
Friday, May 29, 2015
White Sox vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park, Houston (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (1-0, 4.03) for the Sox, RHP Lance McCullers (1-0, 2.53) for the ‘Stros.
Chris Sale was nothing short of brilliant as the White Sox won the opener of the twin bill over the Orioles, 3-2. Sale tossed 7.2 innings of shutout ball, giving up just four hits with no walks and striking out a season-high 12 batters for his fourth win…The Sox entered the ninth inning with a 2-0 lead as a result of Melky Cabrera and Adam LaRoche RBI in the sixth. We added an insurance run in the ninth as J.B. Shuck scored on a Tyler Flowers‘ forceout. As it turned out, that “extra” run proved to be the deciding tally as the O’s put up a two-spot in the bottom of the inning…LaRoche went 3-4 along with his run batted in and Shuck and Gordon Beckham collected two hits apiece…Jake Petricka came on in the ninth in relief of Zach Duke and got the final out via a strikeout to record his first save.
Here are the Cabrera and LaRoche runs batted in and Sale’s strikeout of All-Star Adam Jones en route to striking out the side in the first inning:
Adam Eaton led off the nightcap with his second homer of the season (click on top link below) and LaRoche belted a two-run shot, his fifth of the year, in the third (click on bottom link below), but the O’s prevailed, 6-3, for a split of the doubleheader.
In Chris’s last four starts, he’s pitched 31.2 innings and allowed just 16 hits, four walks and struck out 40 batters along with a sparkling 1.71 ERA (via @ckamka).
Quotes of the Day
Robin on Shuck, who has been an invaluable bench player, especially during his red-hot stretch subbing for the injured Avi Garcia (via Dan Hayes, CSN.com).
“You get a good IQ guy that goes in there and is prepared and knows how to play, brings a little energy to it as well. You always want guys who can fill in and not be tentative when they’re in there and that’s Shuck. He is not lacking for confidence or anything else. He goes out there and plays hard. You just like the way he plays. That’s the kind of guy you want to fill in for someody that is in your regular lineup and gets hurt. He’s just a good baseball player.”
Chris Beck, who made his first major-league start in Game 2, gave up four earned runs in six innings of work and will be returning to Class AAA Charlotte after the spot start. Here is his positive reaction after the game:
The results aren't what I wanted but man what a absolute amazing experience and day all around! Thank everyone for all the support!
Chris Beck (@WatchUrBeck) May 29, 2015
The results aren't what I wanted but man what a absolute amazing experience and day all around! Thank everyone for all the support!—
White Sox vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park (3:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (2-5, 4.67) for the Sox, LHP Dallas Keuchel (6-1, 1.98) for Houston.
Sox Notes of Note
White Sox third base prospect Matt Davidson, now playing at Charlotte, smashed his International League-leading ninth homer last night vs. Columbus and has gone deep in three of his last four games. The Knights enjoyed an 8-7 walk-off win as Sox outfield prospect Trayce Thompson, brother of the Golden State Warriors’ Klay, singled in the game-winner in the ninth inning. Thompson also belted a two-run home run in the second.
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…
In Game 47 on May 25 at Anaheim, Paul Konerko‘s three-run home run in the first inning, his 12th of the season, set the tone for the 4-2 win over the Angels. Backup catcher Chris Widger added to the lead in the second inning with his second homer. Freddy Garcia allowed just two runs in eight innings for his fifth victory and Dustin Hermanson chalked up his 11th save.
Photo of the Day
It was a virtuoso performance for Sale as the Sox ace reached double digits in strikeouts for the 21st time in his career.