A Very Good Day At The Office (In More Ways Than One)
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
A Happy Tuesday
From a big win on the field, to selecting a new group of White Sox players, to a top Sox prospect throwing a no-hitter, to a star player creating a program for special needs youngsters, yesterday was a very good day indeed.
White Sox vs. Astros at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, WPWR) in the finale of the three-game series and six-game homestand. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (2-6, 4.28) for the Sox, RHP Vincent Velasquez, making his big-league debut, for Houston.
Last Night’s Highlights
Carlos Rodon threw six shutout innings to raise his record to 2-0, Jose Abreu belted his 10th homer, a two-run shot that broke a scoreless tie in the sixth inning, and Melky Cabrera delivered a two-run, bases-loaded double in the eighth as the White Sox held on to win their second in row vs. the Astros, 4-2, looking to complete the sweep tonight…Rodon gave up just four hits and a pair of walks while striking out five. He also showed great poise in getting out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth inning…The Astros put across two runs in the ninth, but closer David Robertson stopped the rally there for his 12th save. Zach Putnam (1.0 IP) and Jake Petricka (0.2) were perfect in relief.
Enjoy Abreu’s homer, Cabrera’s double and run-saving defensive plays in left by Cabrera and at third by Gordon Beckham.
Sox Notes of Note
Rodon extended his scoreless streak to 11 innings over his last two starts. He is 1-0 with a 1.11 ERA and 22 strikeouts in his last four starts, which have all been quality outings…Putnam extended his scoreless streak to four appearances (4.2 IP).
After his spectacular performance on Monday night, Chris Sale joins Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax (1965) as the only pitchers in the modern era (since 1900) to go three straight starts with at least 12 strikeouts and one run or fewer allowed…Chris also is the first pitcher in 115 years to record at least 10 Ks in four straight starts and increase his strikeout total in each game…And the Sox ace is on a streak of four straight games with at least 20 swing-and-miss pitches, a feat not accomplished since 2002…Click on the links below to enjoy Sale’s dominance.
Quote of the Day
Sale, following Monday night’s game, on Tyler Flowers‘ impact on his success:
“Everyone talks about this and me and all that and I’ll be 100 percent honest. None of it happens without him.”
More on Top Sox Draft Pick Carson Fulmer
The White Sox made selections from the 4th to the 10th rounds yesterday during the second day of the MLB Amateur Draft. The Sox did not have picks in the second and third rounds.
Round 4 (112th choice overall): LHP Zack Erwin, Clemson
Round 5 (142nd overall): RHP Jordan Stephens, Rice
Round 6 (172nd overall): 1B Corey Zangari, Carl Albert H.S. (Okla.)
Round 7 (202nd overall): RHP Blake Hickman, Iowa
Round 8 (232nd overall): C Casey Schroeder, Coastal Carolina (S.C.)
Round 9 (262nd overall): LHP Ryan Hinchley, Illinois (Chicago)
Round 10 (292nd overall): CF Jackson Glines, Michigan
Here’s more on the new White Sox:
Hickman Selection Special
The choice of Hickman (pictured below) in the seventh round was a meaningful one for the Sox. Blake is a Simeon High grad and a product of the White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) program. Here’s a closer look at him:
Four White Sox Prospects With Birmingham Named Southern League All-Stars…
One of those All-Stars is righty Frankie Montas (pictured below), the White Sox No. 2 prospect, who no-hit Tennessee, 2-0, yesterday in a seven-inning game.
…And Two are Selected for the South Atlantic League All-Star Game
Off Day. On Friday night, it’s the White Sox vs. Rays at Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and five-game road trip that continues with a pair in Pittsburgh. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (3-5, 5.17) for the Sox, TBA for Tampa Bay.
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…
In Game 58 on June 7 at Colorado, the first-place White Sox nipped the Rockies, 2-1, to go 20 games over .500 at 39-19. Jermaine Dye and A.J. Pierzynski RBI singles in the fourth inning gave Sox pitching all the offense they needed as Jose Contreras (6.0 IP), Neal Cotts (2.0) and Dustin Hermanson (1.0, 14th save) shut down the Colorado hitters.
Fun ’05 fact: Houston reliever Chad Qualls doesn’t seem to have have haunting memories of giving up the World Series Game 2 Grand Slam to Paul Konerko. In town this week with the Astros, Qualls made a trip to the left field stands to see the blue seat that commemorates the historic homer.
Photos of the Day
Abreu launched “Abreu’s Amigos” yesterday in partnership with Easter Seals. And a few of his Sox amigos–Alexei Ramirez, Melky Cabrera and Emilio Bonifacio–were there in full force.
“Abreu’s Amigos” is a community program with the Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago (ESMC) Theraputic School and Center for Autism Research. Passionate about supporting children with special needs, Abreu built the program with ESMC to focus on providing regular opportunities for these students to develop social skills in a recreational setting through clinics and field trips to the ballpark.
Abreu presented a $10,000 donation to ESMC before inviting students to participate in the baseball clinic on the White Sox Field at the school, which the team built in 2008 along wth making a $1 millon grant to ESMC. The players named above worked with the youngsters alongside Bulls/Sox Academy coaches.