Danks For The Memories
Monday, June 1, 2015
A Series Win
The White Sox can enjoy their off day today after combining John Danks‘ great pitching, a potent offense and outstanding defense to shut out the Astros, 6-0, yesterday at Minute Maid Park. The victory enabled the Sox to take two of three in the series and move to a respectable 4-4 on the 11-game road trip, which concludes with a three-game set against the Rangers in Arlington, Tex. that begins tomorrow night.
Danks was at his very best yesterday, tossing a complete game shutout, the first for the Sox since Chris Sale did it on May 12, 2013 (click on top link below), for his third victory of the season. The veteran lefty, who earned his third career shutout, also surpassed the 1,000 mark in career strikeouts with six on the day…Offensively, everybody in the lineup collected a hit except for Alexei Ramirez, who drove in a run and scored…Conor Gillaspie, serving as the DH, went 2-4 with two RBI (click on second link below) and Adam LaRoche launched his sixth homer, a solo blast (click on third link below), walked and scored twice…Carlos Sanchez went 2-4 with an RBI and Tyler Flowers singled in a run.
And how about this defense?…a perfectly executed relay, a nifty Gordon Beckham stop at third and a long stretch by LaRoche at first.
Quote of the Day
Texas native Danks on his superb performance:
“I feel like I didn’t give in, threw multiple pitches for strikes, limited walks and kept it in the ballpark. That’s a big thing for me…It’s nice to see family and people who care about me here. I hadn’t had a whole lot of luck with family in town, so maybe I broke that curse too. It’s very satisfying to have a good game and get a win.”
White Sox vs. Rangers at Globe Life Park, Arlington, Tex. (7:05 p.m. CT, CSN+) in the opener of a three-game series. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (4-2, 3.84) for the Sox, RHP Colby Lewis (4-3, 4.70) for Texas.
Photo of the Day
The Melkman must have figured, when in Texas…