Sox Take Turns Stirring the Drink in Extra-Inning Thriller
Saturday, June 6, 2015
White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (6:15 p.m. CT, FOX). Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (3-4, 4.81) for the Sox, LHP David Price (4-2, 3.15) for Detroit.
Danks is set to make his 11th start of the season, fifth at home and first against the Tigers. John threw his third career shutout in his last outing on May 31 vs. the Astros. He struck out six while walking only one.
Last Night’s Highlights
For the second straight night, the Sox went 11 innings and we’re happy to say that the outcome was much different than the tough 2-1 loss in Texas on Thursday night. This second time around, the Sox fought their way back from a 3-1 deficit to nip Detroit, 4-3, in dramatic fashion–on a walk-off HBP no less…Avi Garcia‘s 7th inning solo homer, his fifth of the season, made it 3-2 (click on top below) and with two outs and nobody on in the ninth Adam LaRoche stunned the Tigers and energized the home crowd by sending his seventh of the year over the centerfield fence to tie the game at 3-3 (click on second link). Victory was ours in the 11th as Garcia was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and no outs to score the deciding run (click on third link)…Jose Abreu gave us an early 1-0 lead on a run-scoring double in the first inning (click on fourth link below)…Alexei Ramirez, who collected a pair of hits, scored on Abreu’s two-base hit and singled in the 11th to keep the rally going…Jose Quintana went a solid seven innings and the bullpen was outstanding as Zach Putnam (1.0 IP), David Robertson (2.0) and Jake Petricka (1.0) tossed four innings of perfect baseball. In fact, Putnam struck out the side–Miguel Cabrera, Yoenis Cespedes and J.D. Martinez–in the eighth (click on bottom link) and Robertson did likewise in the ninth. Petricka earned his first win of the season.
Quote of the Day
GM Rick Hahn upon the Sox’ arrival home after the long road trip:
“I think it’s about time for us to start making some noise, and we are in a good position right now. I feel we are in a spot where the arrow is starting to point up.”
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In the last two games of the road trip, starters Chris Sale and Carlos Rodon gave up just one run with 23 strikeouts…Also, with his back-to-back scoreless starts with at least 12 Ks, Sale joins Sandy Koufax, Nolan Ryan, Chan Ho Park and Hideo Nomo as the only pitchers since 1965 to accomplish the feat.
Sox Notes of Note
The White Sox earned their fifth walk-off of the season. The last time the Sox won on a walk-off hit-by-pitch was in April of 2007 (A.J. Pierzynski)…The Sox are 4-2 in extra-inning games and 11-7 in one-run contests…Putnam owns a 1.13 ERA in his last eight outings…Robertson has worked 10 scoreless innings over nine outings in a non-save situation…LaRoche’s homer was the 250th of his career. He is hitting .326 with three homers over his last 11 games…J.B. Shuck, who singled in a pinch-hitting role last night, is hitting .310 over his last 12 games…Ramirez is batting .333 in his last 10 home games.
White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the finale of the three-game series. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (4-3, 4.68) for the Sox, RHP Alfredo Simon (5-3, 2.97) for Detroit.
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…
In Game 54 on June 3 at U.S. Cellular Field, Jermaine Dye (3 for 4) and Carl Everett each drove in a pair of runs as the first-place White Sox defeated the Indians, 6-4, and moved to 36-18 on the season. Aaron Rowand and Juan Uribe added an RBI apiece and Scott Podsednik went 2-4, stealing his 28th base. Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez earned his sixth win and Dustin Hermanson recorded his 12th save.
Photo of the Day
Actor Levar Burton, who threw out the ceremonial first pitch last night, enjoyed spending some time with former Sox star Bo Jackson and even got an autographed ball out of the deal.