It’s Super Sale vs. Astros While Sox Look for Impact Player in Tonight’s Draft
Monday, June 8, 2015
White Sox vs. Astros at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (5-2, 3.27) for the Sox, RHP Lance McCullers (2-0, 1.88) for Houston.
Sale struck out 13 batters over seven scoreless innings last Wednesday at Texas after fanning 12 over eight scoreless innings in his previous start on May 28 at Baltimore. Chris is 3-1 with a 1.40 ERA, six walks and 53 strikeouts over his last five starts. During that stretch, Sale has held opponents to a .144 average with a 0.64 WHIP. He has thrown 19.2 consecutive scoreless innings dating back to the fourth inning on May 23 vs. the Twins–the second-longest streak in the major leagues and second-longest of his career (28 from May 6-June 21, 2013).
As we posted previously, Sale joins Chan Ho Park (2000), Hideo Nomo (1995), Roger Clemens (1987), Nolan Ryan (1978) and Sandy Koufax (1965) as the only pitchers since ’65 to make back-to-back scoreless starts with at least 12 strikeouts.
Avi Garcia belted a three-run homer, his sixth round-tripper of the season (click on top link below), and Adam Eaton doubled and tripled in a run (click on bottom link) in the loss to the Tigers…Avi is now batting .346 with four home runs and 11 RBI in day games this season…Adam is hitting .292 with nine RBI with runners on base and leads the club with four triples.
Quote of the Day
Sale tried to explain why he’s on a roll:
“I couldn’t tell you. I try to go out there and pitch (well) every time. Sometimes you do, sometimes you don’t. I don’t now if there’s any rhyme or reason but you get in grooves and try to ride it.”
Who Will Be the Sox’ Top Draft Pick?
The Sox have the eighth selection in Major League Baseball’s 2015 First Year Player Draft, which begins tonight. You can watch it live on the MLB Network and MLB.com, starting at 5:00 p.m. CT. More on the Sox and the draft:
Junior Guerra’s Time Has Come
Sox Note of Note
The answer to yesterday’s photo quiz: The Sox wives in the picture below are Tyler Flowers‘ wife Nancy (wearing Tyler’s No. 21) and Jake Petricka‘s spouse Ellen (wearing Jake’s 52).
White Sox vs. Astros at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN+). Probable Starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (1-0, 3.12) for the Sox, LHP Dallas Keuchel (7-1, 1.85) for Houston.
Photo of the Day
Don’t forget to get your copy of the new edition of White Sox Magazine with Jeff Samardzija on the cover, now on sale at the ballpark.