Sale, Big Bats Put Sox on Verge of Series Win and Winning Road Trip
Thursday, June 4, 2015
Home is on the Horizon
Led by Chris Sale‘s 13-strikeout, seven-inning shutout (click on link below) and a 12-hit offensive effort, highlighted by a six-run second inning, the White Sox blanked the Rangers, 9-2, last night in Arlington, Tex. With the three-game series now even at one apiece, the White Sox also enter tonight’s rubber match at 5-5 heading into the last game of the 11-game road trip. So, a victory would give us a second consecutive series win and a winning record on the marathon trip.
White Sox vs. Rangers at Globe Life Park, Arlington (7:05 p.m. CT, CSN), Probable Starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (1-0, 3.45) vs. RHP Yovani Gallardo (5-6, 3.88) for Texas.
Rodon makes his eighth major-league appearance and fifth start. In his last start, on May 29 vs. the Astros, the rookie gave up only one earned run on eight hits with no walks while striking out four in 6.1 innings. Three of his four starts have been quality.
Last Night’s Highlights
Sale had a monster performance in earning his fifth win, allowing just three hits and a pair of walks along with those season-high 13 strikeouts. This is the first time Sale has fanned 10 or more in three consecutive games and it was his 22nd career game with 10-plus Ks, third in a row and fourth in last five starts. It was also the 12th time he has fanned 12 or more. Furthermore, in his last five starts he has compiled a 1.40 ERA, a 53-6 strikeout to walk ratio, allowing only 19 hits with a WHIP of 0.647…Everybody in the Sox starting lineup collected a hit except for Avi Garcia, who walked, was hit by a pitch and scored a run…In his first game back after missing three contests due to a swollen right index finger, Jose Abreu smashed a two-run homer in the second inning (click on top link below), his ninth of the season, and later singled in a run…Tyler Flowers, who was a triple shy of the cycle, went deep with his third HR, a two-run shot in the seventh (click on second link)…Adam Eaton doubled in two runs (click on third link) and Carlos Sanchez singled in a pair (click on bottom link) in the six-run second.
Quote of the Day
Robin on last night’s win:
“Nice offense tonight. It was good to have a big inning like that. Guys swung the bat. Especially in this ballpark, it’s an offensive ballpark, and for Chris to do what he did, it was great. Once you get those runs, he was just trying to minimize things. He was fantastic.”
White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN+) in the opener of a three-game series and six-game homestand that continues with three vs. the Astros. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (2-6, 4.33) for the Sox, LHP Kyle Ryan (1-0, 3.00) for Detroit.
Blackhawks 2-1 Victors in Game 1
Go Hawks!! Three more wins and the Cup returns to Chicago.
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…
In Game 52 on May 31 at U.S. Cellular Field, the White Sox came away with a 5-4 walk-off win via a ninth inning rally over the Angels for the second day in a row. This time, it was Jermaine Dye‘s leadoff homer in the ninth, his 10th blast, that gave the first-place Sox their 35th victory of the season. And the winning pitcher? the same as the day before–Cliff Politte, who improved to 2-0.
Photo of the Day
After the 9-2 triumph a good time was had by all.